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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ at Industria, NYC

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The Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ at Industria, NYC

Exhibitionism’ takes you on a multi-sensory trip revealing the creativity and chaos of the world’s greatest rock and roll band, The Rolling Stones. Currently on view at Industria, a sprawling photo studio complex in the West Village, the show commands nine galleries across two floors, featuring handwritten lyrics, costumes, instruments, original art, and more.

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Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

On the nostalgic artifacts on display from their 50-plus year trajectory, Keith Richards calls the show a “kaleidoscope of memories.” The first floor kicks off with a recreated installation of the Stones’ first flat, a decrepit and dingy apartment located at 102 Edith Grove in West London.

In 1962, the young founding members – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, and writer James Phelge –  wrote lyrics, romanced girls, and pursued fame while living in the midst of rock and roll squalor. Other morsels of their legendary journey include Keith Richards’ diary, notes from Brian Jones describing themselves “as an r&b band and not a pop band,” and Charlie Watts’ very first drum kit.

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Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

The DNA of what makes the Rolling Stones so iconic comes alive on the second floor, which includes collectible tour posters, historic performances, enticing music videos, and flashy costumes. The Stones signature logo – a provocative red tongue created by John Pasche –  is emblazoned generously throughout the exhibit, along with other unique artworks by Walton Ford, Jeff Koons, Shepard Fairey, and David Bailey.

Several portraits by Andy Warhol show Mick Jagger in his physical prime during the mid’ 70s. The Stones were bona fide masters of style, rock dandies who wore Baroque and Edwardian looks on stage from Ossie Clark, Anna Sui, Alexander McQueen, Prada, Dior, Hedi Slimane, and Jagger’s late partner, L’Wren Scott. The show continues to rock with another recreated installation, an authentic backstage area honoring numerous musicians and backup singers who have supported the band for decades. Just before exiting, visitors are treated to a simulated outdoor VR concert experience that seals the group’s greatness. On speaking of the band coming to a close one day, Jagger candidly declares, “I can make the end better actually.”

Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

Courtesy of The Rolling Stones

‘Exhibitionism’ will be on view through March 12, 2017 at Industria in New York City, and is presented by DHL and IEC Group. Inaugurated at London’s Saatchi Gallery last spring, ‘Exhibitionism’ is scheduled to travel to 10 more destinations for the next four years.

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