On April 4, 2016, the Rolling Stones attended an invitation-only, star-studded party to celebrate the opening of their Exhibitionism show for Rolling Stones art and memorabilia at Saatchi Gallery in London. The exhibit officially opens to the public on April 6, 2016. Lead singer Mick Jagger, rhythm guitarist Keith Richards, lead guitarist Ronnie Wood and drummer Charlie Watts were in attendance at the party. Guests at the event also included former Rolling Stones bass player Bill Wyman and his family; fashion mogul Tommy Hilfiger; musician James Bay, actress Natalie Dormer, media/fashion personality Trinny Woodall (who is dating Saatchi Gallery owner Charles Saatchi); former Spice Girls member Geri Halliwell (who now goes by her married name Geri Horner); and BBC Radio 1 presenters Annie Nightingale and Nick Grimshaw. Several children of the Rolling Stones were also at the event: Jagger’s eldest son, James, and youngest daughter, Georgia May; Richards’ daughters Theodora and Alexandra; and Wood’s sons Jesse and Tyrone.
Exhibitionism is scheduled to close in London on Sept. 4 2016, but it might be extended due to popular demand. The exhibit will go to other major cities (to be announced) over a four-year period. Tickets for the exhibit in London went on sale at www.stonesexhibitionism.com in July 2015.
Although ex-Stones bass player/noted Stones historian Wyman was at the opening party, another former Rolling Stones member was not: Mick Taylor (who was the Stones’ lead guitarist from 1969 to 1974) has gone on record saying that he wasn’t invited to the party. Taylor was a guest performer on all of the Stones’ concerts from 2012 to 2014. However, he was not invited to be part of the Rolling Stones’ most recent tours.
This isn’t the only Stones art exhibit to be in London during this time. As previously reported, “Breaking Stones 1963 – 1965: A Band on the Brink of Superstardom,” is the title of a Rolling Stones book (published by ACC Editions) and London art exhibit showing at Proud Chelsea. The exhibit runs from April 7 to June 5, 2016. The book and exhibit have photos from Terry O’Neill, who spent time with the Rolling Stones early in their career. GQ magazine’s U.K. website has some photos that will be included in the exhibit.
Next up for the Rolling Stones: The band is planning to record a new studio album in 2016, according to what Richards and Wood have been saying in recent interviews. The album’s release date has not yet been decided. The Rolling Stones’ most recent studio album of new songs was 2005’s A Bigger Bang.
UPDATE: Reviews for Exhibitionism have been mostly positive. Here is a select summary:
The Daily Telegraph in the U.K. gave the show 4 out of 5 stars, calling it “most magnificent multi-sensory barrage of Stones ‘stuff’ you’re ever likely to encounter.”
The Guardian also rated it 4 out of 5 stars and stated: “In the absence of any desire to tell the human story of members of the Stones, the best parts of Exhibitionism are those that concentrate on them as a live band. A recreation of a backstage area is moderately fun, at least for those who have never been backstage, while a selection of outfits worn by the band is genuinely jaw-dropping, not least for how horrific some of them got as the 70s wore on.”
Time Out London had a more mixed review (3 out of 5 stars), noting: “As a whole, Exhibitionism is more ephemeral than musical and after a strong start, things start to get a bit irrelevant as screens are relied upon to do a lot of the work.
The Daily Mirror raved: “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.”