The Art of Marilyn in Crete

Painter and ES member Elizabeth Grammaticas visited the ‘Marilyn Monroe in the Arts’ exhibition in Crete last week, and has shared her thoughts (and photos) with us.

I have posted a small selection, but you can see many more over at the ES forum.

‘I attended the “Marilyn Monroe in the Arts” Exhibition at DEKK Exhibition Center in Crete a few days ago, and was pleasantly surprised with the exhibition. The exhibition is up until 10/30 if anyone happens to be in Crete in the time (*does ‘happening’ to be in Crete actually happen? I lucked out and was on vacation with my dad there and saw the signs).

It was a larger exhibition than I expected, as well as intelligently done. Here’s some more pics of my favorites.’

‘1)This first piece is my favorite. It’s “Changing the Story of MM”. It contains four panels of Marilyn’s image being digitally altered. First is one of the famous Kelley nudes, with Marilyn Pregnant. Then a Bert Stern with a woman covering her up. Marilyn surrounded by a large asian family..and finally…another nude female with Marilyn in the “Something’s Got to Give” pool scene. I think this piece hit the nail on the head with so much of what we see with Marilyn’s story being constantly retold and reimagined based on the story teller.’

‘2) I liked these silhouette type images of Marilyn as well. I love how the icon is so clearly recognizable without the need for an image of the person to actually be there. (my camera didn’t get the photo well enough to see the artist.)’

‘3)I love that they had these Rizzo photos!

Each section of the exhibition had large signs elaborating on her life, image, and impact. I have the exhibition book which contains most of the exhibition, and then some.’

‘The videos in the exhibition were a good variety. Before you go into the exhibition, there is a projection of Marilyn’s performance at the JFK Gala. In the “White dress” section, they had a Sam Shaw interview playing. Another part of the exhibition had chairs to sit down and watch various Marilyn movie trailers.’

‘They also had two video pieces, one titled “No,No,No!”. It was mostly “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes” footage, but without Marilyn in it. You hear the audio track looped of Marilyn singing the pre-diamonds intro of”!”, and see various men and people surrounding her, except Marilyn is cut out. So you just see the crowds of people demanding her attention, and her going ‘no no no nono’. It was a bit eerie walking in the exhibtion with all these images and manipulations of Marilyn’s image and hearing her voice going “No no nono!”.

They had another video looped of the paddle scene in “The Misfits” with one video on top with the paddle, the other with the zoom shot of her rear bouncing back and forth.

In addition to these videos, they also had slide shows of Marilyn magazine covers, celebrities impersonating Marilyn, and Marilyn photos not in the exhibition.

Most of the art is from Europe, and most of it is from a few collections in Vienna and Germany.’

Tango With Marilyn in Greece

An MM-inspired evening of dance, on June 26 from 10pm, is part of the ongoing ‘Marilyn Monroe in the Arts’ exhibit at DEKK, the International Exhibition Centre of Crete.

More details on Facebook, translated here via Google:

‘ The Institute for Cultural Exchange invites their friends to Tango in the foyer of the exhibition “Marilyn Monroe in the Arts”.

All lovers of tango and those who wish to experience the magic up close, you will have the opportunity to attend from 18:30 to 22:00, 40 minutes free seminars with the tango masters of Crete. Then follows a night of Argentine Tango (Milonga).

At the same time, guests can visit the showroom “Marilyn Monroe in the Arts”, which consists of 200 authentic artifacts, 80 international artists (Andy Warhol, Erro, Werner Berges, Mel Ramos, Heidi Popovic, etc.) inspired by most famous woman of the 20th century. The report is presented for the first time in Greece and during her tour in America, 651,000 people visited.

The price of the ticket includes:
· Drink
· Free tango classes (supply teachers)
· Free entrance to the exhibition “Marilyn Monroe in the Arts”

Friendly participation:
Department of Styling IIEK MORFI and Schools KEPANSI

General Admission: 8 euros
Student ticket: € 6

Nicholas Smyrnakis

Marilyn Exhibit in Crete

‘Marilyn Monroe in the Arts’ is an exhibition due to open at the DEKK International Exhibition Centre, Gouves, Crete, on April 16, running until October 30.

“‘Marilyn Monroe in the Arts’ captures the celebrity and the myth of the most famous women of the 20th century with 200 works of art spanning the last six decades. The show brings together an incredibly diverse array of artistic responses to the Marilyn persona – from her greatest photographs like the ‘Subway grate scene’ to her most famous image by pop artist Andy Warhol. Mel Ramos, Peter Blake, Eve Arnold, Mimmo Rotella, Sam Shaw – 80 world-famous photographers, painters, sculptors and media artists celebrate and uncover the many sides of Marilyn Monroe and her myth. The photographs recount her changeful life, picture her in public but also reveal her secret private moments. The artworks penetrate her biography, question her identity and image and illuminate her timeless status as a cult figure.”