Ferragamo Exhibit Opens in Florence

A major exhibition dedicated to Marilyn has opened at the Ferragamo Museum in Florence, Italy, and will stay until January 2013. (For those of us who can’t make it, an accompanying book, Marilyn, will be published in August. You can also watch a video here.)

“The exhibition is curated by director of the Museo Ferragamo, Stefania Ricci, and Sergio Risaliti and enjoys the patronage of the Tuscany Region and the Municipality of Florence. Many other major museums have loaned their works for this exhibition. The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, for example…” – Milady

“The exhibit makes a point to illustrate the classic art and sculpture Monroe referenced in her photos–that famous 1962 George Barris photo of Monroe in a chunky sweater on the beach recalls a Botticelli Venus-like image, Ricci and Risaliti point out.” – Fashionista

“Yet there is something touching about seeing the star not as a movie diva, interpreted by contemporary artists like Andy Warhol, but as an eternal beauty. The curators have achieved the unexpected, a fresh take on a woman who once said these wistful words: ‘I want to be an artist, not a pin-up. I don’t want to be sold to the public like a celluloid aphrodisiac.'” New York Times

“I met the curator Stefania Ricci after the show when I was buying the book. The book alone is a masterpiece. Signora Ricci pleased me very much when she said ‘Marilyn was a great, great actress’ hear hear. If you do anything before you die, get an Easy Jet to Florence and come to see Marilyn at the Ferragamo Museum. It is not only the best exhibition ever staged about Marilyn Monroe, it is one of the finest curations of any subject I have ever had the privilege to see.” James Sherwood


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