The Rolling Stones – Unzipped is the first international exhibition devoted to the world-famous rock band. Following stints in London, the United States and Asia, the show will tour Europe in revamped form, premiering in Groningen. The Rolling Stones – Unzipped will open at the Groninger Museum in November 2020. The exhibition continues to be delivered by DHL.
The Rolling Stones: “We are very proud of this exhibition. As well as going back through our history we wanted everyone who comes along to experience and feel exactly what it’s like to be in The Rolling Stones. This is the first time the exhibition is coming to The Netherlands, we hope you all enjoy it.’’
The show boasts more than 400 original objects from the Stones’ own collection. Along with instruments and stage designs, it includes rare audio fragments and video footage, personal diaries, iconic costumes, posters, album covers and even the band’s studio and their modest London flat at Edith Grove.
Supplemented by unique film footage and interactive technology, the exhibition will treat visitors to an extraordinarily comprehensive look at 50 years of the history of the band and the careers of Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood. Visitors will witness the Stones’ evolution from early 1960s London blues musicians to internationally revered cultural icons.
The Rolling Stones have helped to shape popular culture around the world. This exhibition of items loaned by the band provides a compelling behind-the-scenes look at how it all happened. It also considers the wider context of decades of cultural history through the work of artists, designers, performers and writers ranging from Andy Warhol, Shepard Fairey, Alexander McQueen and Ossie Clark to Jeff Koons and Martin Scorsese.
Andreas Blühm, director of the Groninger Museum: “We are extremely happy that we can bring the Rolling Stones back to Groningen after their legendary concert in 1999. The exhibition will trigger happy memories and provide new and deeper insight into a four-headed cultural phenomenon that shaped the 20th century and continues to do so.”
Ileen Gallagher, curator of the exhibition: "The Rolling Stones exhibition is a celebration and thematic exploration of the band who defined rock and roll and the culture surrounding it for more than half of a century. It is an immersive presentation that brings together their music, art, design, fashion, photography and film for museum audiences.”
The Rolling Stones will be on view from November 2020 through February 2021.