The Rolling Stones hyped their career-spanning exhibit Exhibitionism by flying New York ‘superfan’ Alex Emanuel for a surprise meet-and-greet. “I suppose I can die now,” Emanuel says in the clip, after shaking hands with Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood.
Exhibitionism encompasses two floors at Saatchi Gallery. The exhibit features stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more. “The Rolling Stones are the greatest rock and roll band of all-time,” Emanuel said. “There’s a sense of self-confidence that they have, which is kind of unparalleled in other bands.”
Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher offered Rolling Stone a tour of the gallery, which will run until September 4th and hit other cities in the future.
“The band was interested in doing something thematic that really wasn’t a chronological presentation, for obvious reasons,” she said. “When you begin in the Sixties and you’ve been going for over 50 years, it kind of has this crescendo and then this downward slope [Laughs]. They wanted their career to be explored thematically, and I think that was definitely the right decision. It allows you to kind of explore these rich topics and their history very cohesively.”