The Rolling Stones - Exhibitionism

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The Mirror on Exhibitionism

April 9, 2016

The Rolling Stones first ever exhibition dubbed Exhibitionism charts their six decades of excess, artistry and chart domination.

Fans are taken on a trip down memory lane to explore their grimy beginnings at the band’s first flat in London’s Edith Grove.

Mountains of fag ends, mouldy plates and unkempt beds form part of the reconstructed room shared by Mick Jagger and co.

That was Spring 1962 and Keith Richards, who slept in the living room, can be heard over the speakers saying: “It was a pig sty.” Indeed it was.

Extracts from Keith’s diary are revealed as well as Bill Wyman’s first amp and Charlie Watts’ drum kit.

Keith adds: “The Rolling Stones spent the first year of their life hanging in places, stealing food and rehearsing.”

A year later and the band were embarking on their first British tour.

Original instruments, including a 1957 guitar painted by Keith when he was high on acid in prison is delightful, while lyric books, riders painted by Ronnie Wood and interactive videos bring their creative process to life.

The tragic death of Brian, who was found dead in a swimming pool in 1969, is touched upon with a montage of moving images.

Film, video, colourful posters and original vinyls as well as portraits by Andy Warhol and elaborate stage designs fill three rooms.

The iconic mouth and tongue logo has an entire room dedicated to it.

The sensory experience, too, gets top marks. At the end viewers are transported backstage to one of the Stones gigs before being led into a 3D concert experience.

The lasting image is of Mick’s strutting hips and spirited torso being flung across the stage.

A large feat for anyone let alone a 72-year-old man. But as Keith says: “There is a certain magnetic glue that pulls us all together, that overrides all other peripheral things.”

And in that sense, this exhibition brings to life the most rock and roll band of the 21st century.

Not to be missed.

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