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Rolling Stones open exhibition looking back over 54 years in music business

By Lorna Cooper

The Rolling Stones wanted Exhibitionism, their first-ever major exhibition, to be a "colossal" reflection of 54 years in the music business, they have revealed.

Described as "the most comprehensive insight" into the group, and opening at Chelsea's Saatchi Gallery today, the exhibition is an interactive Stones experience.

The musical heritage which took the group from a blues band in the early 1960s to the influential pop culture giants they remain forms the heart of the exhibition.

The band's personal artefacts, including costumes and original instruments, are on display and there is even a reproduction of the first flat they shared in Chelsea.

Exhibitionism features art and design, film, video, fashion, performance and rare sound archives from the group, which was formed in London over five decades ago.

The brainchild of Australian promoters Tony and Thea Cochrane, the ambitious show "had to be as colossal as their body of work," said Mr Cochrane.

Three years in the making, it has had the full co-operation of Sir Mick Jagger (72), Keith Richards (72), Charlie Watts (74), and Ronnie Wood (68).

Nine rooms are used to show how the band has changed the way music is experienced.

The exhibition also includes original stage designs, a 3D simulation of what it is like to be backstage, and then on the stage, with The Stones.

Exhibitionism opens today and runs to September 4. Visit www.stonesexhibitionism.com for information.

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