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The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, New York

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The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism, New York

Published Nov 9, 2016
Updated Aug 2, 2018

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Through March 12, 2017


Exhibitionism is the Rolling Stones' first major exhibition in New York and there's still time to see this amazing celebration of Rolling Stones songs and band history at Industria, NYC.

Following its star-studded opening in London, which garnered rave reviews and drew huge crowds, Exhibitionism came across the pond to the iconic Industria, NYC, located at 775 Washington Street in the West Village. This New York Rolling Stones exhibition is the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, and the first time in history the band has unlocked their vast private archive for public viewing.

Why Rolling Stones Fans Love Exhibitionism

Exhibitionism tells the story of the most influential rock ‘n’ roll band in the world, allowing visitors to experience their incredible journey from their early days living together in a tiny flat to headlining the biggest stages in the world. Originated and produced by Australian-based iEC Exhibitions! with the full participation of Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie, and curated by New York native Ileen Gallagher, this highly immersive and interactive Rolling Stones exhibit explores the band's extraordinary career, songs, tours and albums with more than 500 rare items.

Rolling Stones Exhibitionism brings fans close to the band, including their most cherished instruments, onstage and off-stage clothes, valuable works of art and handwritten lyric books, as well as personal diaries, song recordings, unseen film and photos. This NYC Stones exhibition also includes a screening cinema and interactive recording studio that all culminates in an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.

Exhibitionism: A History of The Rolling Stones in Songs, Tours, Albums & More

“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.”

Over the past 50 years, The Rolling Stones became, and have remained, one of the most culturally important musical 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, Rolling Stones albums have continued to break the boundaries of cultural norms over their incredible career.

“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us,” added 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 Rolling Stones Exhibition NYC, What Fans Can Expect

The original works of key collaborators who helped to make the band not just musical but cultural icons are also included in Rolling Stones Exhibitioninsm, including pieces by 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.

This iconic NYC Stones exhibit also 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 also a recreation of a Rolling Stones recording studio that is complete with their original instruments used to write some of the band's greatest hits, plus a “backstage” area to give fans a sense of what it truly feels like just before the Rolling Stones head out on stage during one of their live tours. The 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 the timeless song, ‘Gimme Shelter’.

Other unique items fans will see at the Rolling Stones exhibition in New York 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, as well as Mick Jagger’s lyric book which features the hand written 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' also make an appearance in the exhibit.

What Makes The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism in New York Unique

Exhibitionism is the largest touring experience of its kind to be staged by any band or artist, and continues the Stones’ proud tradition of ground-breaking innovation combined with the highest production values.

The Rolling Stones officially opened Exhibitionism, delivered by DHL, on April 5 at London’s Saatchi Gallery. According to Rolling Stone magazine, the exhibit will open Chicago after closing in New York City, then somewhere on the West Coast before heading to Sydney, Australia.

Giving it a four star review, The Daily Telegraph called it, “The most magnificent multi-sensory barrage of Stones 'stuff' you’re ever likely to encounter.” The Guardian exclaimed it as, “genuinely jaw-dropping” with the Daily Mail adding that it is, “The most comprehensive and immersive insight into the band's fascinating fifty year history.” 

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