Event Name Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon
Start Date 12 Feb 2016 8:52 am
End Date 8 May 2016 8:52 am
Duration 86 days and 1 hour

Marilyn Monroe, the 1950's Hollywood sex symbol has arrived at MAMA.

Marilyn: Celebrating an American Icon is MAMA's first blockbuster exhibition.

But rather than shining the spotlight on her fame, we go behind the scenes and ask the question, just who was Marilyn Monroe, the beautiful young woman born Norma Jean? 

This extraordinary exhibition unpacks the person behind the star through iconic imagery and artworks created during her life and following her untimely death at just 36 years.

To most commentators, Monroe was a bundle of paradoxes. She's sexual but innocent, that womanly body vying with that little-girl voice. She's vulnerable but also driven and calculating in her pursuit of star status.

Featuring more than 100 paintings, photographs and videos, this international exhibition celebrates the image of Marilyn Monroe that still electrifies the world half a century after her death

Famed artists such as Cecil Beaton, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Antonio de Felipe, Milton H. Greene and Andy Warhol, among others, capture the many sides of Marilyn including her rise to fame and equally spectacular slide and her much-publicised private life.

This not to be missed exhibition features images of well-loved movie scenes, familiar publicity photos and glimpses into Marilyn's private moments, including her struggle with her own fame.

The exhibition will coincide with a 'festival of Marilyn' which will include screenings of her movies, furniture from the 1950s and 1960s and memorabilia drawn from public and private collections in Australia, including:

  • A significant collection of works by Richard Larter featuring Marilyn Monroe. Richard was an Australian painter, often identified as one of the country's few highly recognised pop artists.
  • A suite of Andy Warhol's Marilyn prints authenticated by the Warhol Foundation. Andy Warhol was a key figure in Pop Art, an art movement that emerged in the 1950s, growing in prominence over the next two decades.
  • Significant works from Australian public cultural collections, brought together for the first time

View the Marilyn Education Kit

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