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Top-News  |   1. June 2016


An icon of the film history as an art object

For many artists she was more than an actress and a sex symbol, she was an inspiration for their art.

For example, James Francis Gill, one of the first Pop-Art artists. He achieved an international breakthrough in the 60s when the MoMA in New York acquired his famous three-piece work “Marilyn Triptych” for its collection. So far, Gill has painted around 200 different versions of Marilyn.

Andy Warhol’s screen prints are also known worldwide. With this technique, he made numerous photography reproductions of celebrities in the 60s. The most famous among them may be Marilyn Monroe’s. For this, Warhol used a press photo of the actress from 1953 and made a silkscreen out of it. In 1967 he created a series of 10 silkscreens and all showed the same face of Marilyn Monroe. Only the colors of the different surfaces varied.

The most famous photo of the actress was captured by the American photograph, Sam Shaw. During the shooting of “The Seven Year Itch,” Shaw captured the film star wearing a white floating dress on a ventilation shaft in a subway in New York. He also took photos of the glamorous star in private. She enjoyed seeing herself in these pictures simply as Norma Jean, as a housewife in a bathrobe looking out of the window – the hair rumpled and the eye make-up blurred from sleep.

This year, on 1 June, Marilyn Monroe would have celebrated her 90th birthday. She was born under the civil name Norma Jeane Baker in Los Angeles, California in 1926. With main roles in films such as “Niagara” (1953), “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes" (1953) or “Some Like it Hot” (1959) she became a world star in the 50s. Despite her success and numerous prizes, she suffered by being trapped in her role as a blonde femme fatale and not being taken seriously as an actress. She died at the young age of 36 on 5 August 1962. The exact circumstances of her death still remain unexplained to this day.

On the occasion of her 90th birthday, a large exhibition is dedicated to her. The Cologne gallery “in focus”, one of the oldest private galleries in Germany, shows a big photo exhibition under the title “Marilyn Monroe – 90 Anniversary. A Life in Pictures.” The exhibition presents about 70 photographs of internationally known photographers. After that, the photo exhibition can be seen at the Kulturverein Zehntscheuer in Rottenburg and then in the gallery hiltawsky in Berlin.

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