by Paul Cashmere, Noise11
The Rolling Stones' Exhibitionism is heading to Sydney at the end of 2018.
Exhibitionism is an exhibition of the complete history of the Rolling Stones by the Rolling Stones.
“We’ve been thinking about this for quite a long time but we wanted it to be just right and on a large scale,” said Mick Jagger. “It’s not going to be like walking into a museum. It’s going to be an event, an experience. It’s about a sense of The Rolling Stones – it’s something we want people to go away talking about it.”
“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about us,” said Keith Richards. “It’s also about all the paraphernalia and technology associated with a group like us, and it’s this, as well as the instruments that have passed through our hands over the years, that should make the exhibition unforgettable.”
The interactive exhibition explores the Stones’ extraordinary career with over 500 original items, spanning fashion, art, film, and recordings. From their most cherished instruments, onstage and offstage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema and interactive recording studio, that culminate into an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.
Over the past 50 years, The Rolling Stones became, and have remained, one of the most culturally important acts in history. From the daring white dress worn by Mick Jagger in 1969 to the seminal Sticky Fingers (1971) album cover and iconic tongue and lips logo, The Rolling Stones have continued to break the boundaries of cultural norms over their incredible career.
Curator Ileen Gallagher said, “This was such a unique opportunity to collaborate with the band and get their insights into the project. The quotes on the wall and all of the text in the exhibition is in the voice of the band or people who work very closely with them. You’re actually having the band tell you what happened at the time.”
The exhibition features original works of key collaborators who helped to make the band not just musical but cultural icons are also on show, including Andy Warhol, John Pasche, who designed the band’s iconic tongue logo, fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen, artist Shepard Fairey, producer Don Was, and film director Martin Scorsese.
According to the Stones, “Exhibitionism gives visitors a look back at the high points of the band’s career through a new film, with a high-octane soundtrack. It then steps back into the early days, to an amazing recreation of the Edith Grove flat that Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Brian Jones shared in 1962. The flat was located just off the King’s Road in London’s Chelsea neighborhood.
“There is a recreation of a Stones recording studio complete with their original instruments, plus a “backstage” area to give fans a sense of what it truly feels like just before the band heads out on stage. A guitar gallery brings together examples of some of Keith, Ronnie and Mick’s prized instruments, including a rosewood Fender Telecaster and a Maton that Keith played on Let It Bleed, which famously disintegrated as he reached the final notes of Gimme Shelter”.
“Other unique items include the cassette player on which Keith famously sketched out the idea for (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, just before falling asleep in a Florida motel room, Mick Jagger’s lyric book which features the handwritten words for Miss You, Hey Negrita and Worried About You, Keith Richards 1963 diary, and the toy drum kit that Charlie Watts used in the recording of Street Fighting Man.”
Exhibitionism is in its closing weeks in London before moving to New York in November. It will open at ICC Sydney in November 2018.