“A celebration and thematic exploration, of the creative life of a band, that has managed both to stay current, and stay true to its artistic vision, for more than half a century,” is how curator Ileen Gallagher describes The Rolling Stones’ first major exhibition, Exhibitionism - delivered by DHL – which (following a global debut in London, a star-studded US opening in New York, and a fabulously successful showing in Chicago) is having its limited exclusive West Coast engagement at The Palazzo Las Vegas, through January 31st.
The largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged, Exhibitionism is the first time in history The Rolling Stones have unlocked their vast private archive. Visitors can trace the band’s journey, from a recreation of the Chelsea flat shared by Mick, Keith, and Brian, in 1962; all the way up to their current position as rock n’ roll’s éminences grises.
The band’s continued influence on popular culture – fashion, film, and art (not to mention music) – is on display, thanks to full participation of Messrs. Jagger, Richards, Watts, and Wood; as well as a new film, with a high-octane soundtrack, and some 500 rare artifacts and memorabilia spanning the Stones’ storied 54-year career. It’s all here – from their most cherished instruments, onstage wardrobe and offstage clothes, valuable works of art, and handwritten lyric books; to personal diaries, recordings, unseen film and photos, a screening cinema, and an interactive recording studio – and it culminates with an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience.
Also on display, are the original works by those key collaborators – artists Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, and John Pasche (designer of the band’s iconic tongue logo); fashion designers Ossie Clark and Alexander McQueen; producer Don Was, and film director Martin Scorsese – who helped elevate the band from musical bad boys to cultural icons.
“While this is about The Rolling Stones, it's not necessarily only just about us,” said 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.”
“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 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.
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; all of which leads up to an exciting and powerful backstage-to-onstage 3D concert experience!
Like the song says, “It’s only rock and roll (but I like it).”
EXHIBITIONISM – The Rolling Stones
Lower Lobby | The Palazzo Las Vegas
Through January 31st
Click HERE for info and tickets
Get into it!