Images via The Rolling Stones Archive
London loves honoring its cultural provocateurs. The V&A, for instance, staged both David Bowie Is in 2013, and McQueen: Savage Beauty in 2015. And the current Punk.London: From 1976-2016, will give anarchy a proper encomium throughout the city this year.
But, let’s face it, with a story littered with drug busts, drowning deaths, sexual transgressions and, well, houses burning down, who’s badder than Mick, Keef and the boys? And surely nothing can properly prepare one for the over-the-top celebration of notoriousness that is Exhibitionism: The Rolling Stones, which opens tomorrow, April 5, at London’s Saatchi Gallery. The music, the lifestyle, the art, the fashion that have defined the Stones’ 54-year history will all be on display—the greatest rock & roll band in the world fittingly the subject of the greatest rock & roll exhibit of all time.
Keith Richards reveals, “While this is about The Rolling Stones, it’s not necessarily only just about the members of the band.”
To be sure, three years in the planning, and occupying nine galleries on two floors, Exhibitionism will showcase original stage designs, backstage paraphernalia (reasonably edited, of course—no used needles or court filings), guitars, costumes, artwork and the culture-altering results of a multitude of collaborations the band undertook with the likes of Andy Warhol, Martin Scorsese, Shepard Fairey and other such cultural iconoclasts over the course of their unstoppable career.
As Mick Jagger puts it, “We wanted it to be on a large scale, so the process has been like planning a tour.”
Sure, it’s only rock & roll, but when it comes to the Stones, seriously—what more could you want? See a preview, below: