Rocking the art World: Celebrating the Rolling Stones at Symbolic London

By Rosy Matheson | 26 November 2012
A photo of a pair of red lips and an outstretched tongue maid out of mosaic materials
Artist Geronimo's lippy creation has been specially commissioned for new exhibition Rocking the art World

Exhibition Preview: Rocking the art World: Celebrating the Rolling Stones: London, Symbolic London, London, until January 23 2012

Bob Dylan’s original manuscript of Like a Rolling Stone, which has an estimated value of between £2 million and £10 million, is to go on show for the first time at this celebration of 50 years of The Rolling Stones.

The retrospective at a pop-up showroom will feature the most comprehensive collection of Rolling Stones artwork in the world, as seen through the eyes of leading artists.

Rare pieces on display include Andy Warhol’s Mick Jagger series of artworks from the 1960s, Russell Young’s iconic Mick Jagger Red Lips and a number of works by German portrait artist Sebastian Krüger.

As part of the exhibition, Belgian artist Geronimo will be recreating Jon Pasche’s famous Rolling Stones Tongue and Lips logo, which will be displayed in the gallery’s window.

The six-foot sculpture, which is also a functioning radiator, will be made entirely out of recycled materials, including around 3,000 old cola cans.

Ronnie Wood

Stones Guitarist Ronnie Wood is also exhibiting some contemporary pieces of his work which were specially commissioned for the event to mark the band’s anniversary.

The artworks on show are part of the Symbolic Collection. Based in San Diego, California, it has showrooms in New York and London specialising in underground artwork, popular culture memorabilia and artefacts.

Organisers are describing the show as “a once-in-a-lifetime chance to own a piece of rock n’ roll history.”

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