The legacy of legendary reggae artist Bob Marley is celebrated at an exhibition debuting in London in February.
Bob Marley – One Love Experience opens at Saatchi Gallery on February 2 – exploring the genius of the late Jamaican musician through his music, memorabilia, fan art and unprecedented photos.
As with previous Saatchi Gallery shows, like 2016’s Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’, ‘multisensory’ experiences are the name of the game, with a ‘Soul Shakedown Studio’ where you put on headphones and groove to Marley’s music with a silent disco; ‘Concrete Jungle Street Art Expo’, which takes you ‘backstage’ to a concert before revealing fan art; and ‘One Love Forest’, as we are told, evokes scents and sounds from a Jamaican forest.
Londoners will be interested in learning more about Marley’s strong connections to this city: he fled here in 1976 after an attempt at his life and lived for a time at 42 Oakley Street in Chelsea with his band the Wailers (address is only 15 minutes from which the exhibition is held.) It is in this house that they recorded the album Exodus, with the tracks Jamming, Three Little Birds and One Love.
The singer-songwriter could also often be seen playing football in Battersea Park with his bandmates before going into the studio to record late into the night.
The show debuts at the Saatchi Gallery and is in town for just 10 weeks before touring elsewhere.
Bob Marley – One Love Experience, Saatchi Gallery, tickets from £ 19.80, 2 February-18. April 2022