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The Rolling Stones inaugurated a retrospective at the Saatchi Gallery

The Rolling Stones took a walk down memory lane inside London’s Saatchi Gallery on Monday to help unveil Exhibitionism, a major retrospective show about the iconic British rock band.

The show tracks the group’s rise from one-time former 1960s blues band to international rock phenomenon and includes a treasure trove of more than 500 original artifacts drawn from the Rolling Stones’ private archives.

The retrospective weaves together never-before-seen dressing room paraphernalia, rare and valuable instruments, outrageous costumes, personal diaries, rare audio tracks, unique video footage and poster and album artwork.

The exhibition features some incredible attention to detail: including a recreation of the music studio where they recorded many early hits as well as a life-size recreation of the unappealing, cluttered Chelsea apartment the band members once shared. The exhibit also includes a display of instruments, including a hand-painted custom 1957 Gibson guitar belonging to Keith Richards.

Monday’s opening attracted a star-studded list of initial visitors. Along with band members Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Keith Richards, fashion designer Tommy Hilfiger, actress Natalie Dormer, singer James Bay and children of the rock quartet (including Georgia May Jagger and Jesse Wood) were among those who attended.

Exhibitionism continues at the Saatchi Gallery until September 4. Afterward, it will continue on to tour galleries and cultural venues around the globe over the next four years.


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