Sunday, 5 June 2016

Celebrating Marilyn Monroe's 90th Birthday: ONGallery Private Portrait View

A note from Joelle... 

“Beneath the makeup and behind the smile I am just a girl who wishes for the world.”― Marilyn Monroe

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I really don't know why I get invited to these cool events. Am I cool enough to be in the company of influential people? Am I a girl about town now? I wish.
I knew I wasn't straight away when my sister and I turned up the The Showroom Presents in Fulham to a crowd of smiling, air kisses and very well-dressed creatives.
My nerves were settled once a glass filled with bubbly was thrust into my hand by a Playboy bunny in the classic outfit. The bunny ladies were hopping around serving refreshments and hosting the roulette table, where many attendees played for a chance to win fancy prizes.
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Why were we all gathered in an art showroom? Well on June 1st this year, it would have be Marilyn Monroe's 90th birthday, so in collaboration with the Playboy Club London, the ONGallery put together an exhibition of a mixture of famous and rare photographs of the late star.
It's weird to think that she was born in the same year as the Queen, because in a way, Marilyn's youth has been frozen in time forever.
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To some, Marylin was nothing more than a sex symbol - a dumb blonde who lost her way in the world early on. Sure, she had issues, but I am glad that most remember her as one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen. She lived in a post-war age without social media and was still so famous around the world.
She owned her sexuality and was unapologetic about her beauty and the business side of it.
marilyn monroe exhibition london
The Happy Birthday, Miss Monroe pop-up exhibition features works by artists and photographers such as Andy Warhol, Douglas Kirkland, Frank Worth, Milton Greene and Earl Moran.
The images span sixteen years of Marilyn's life, from 1946 as a unknown brunette, the the iconic blonde bombshell she turned into in the 1950s.
I don't know why, but I love the way the light beam cuts through her eyes in this picture.

 There are rare images signed by Hugh Hefner and of course, the famous Andy Warhol pop art prints available to see in the flesh.

Here's to Marilyn!
The exhibition run until the 30th June 2016 (Mon-Sat 10am-6pm) and I really recommend you head down and let the staff show you round - there will be coffee, of course.
Many thanks to ONGallery for having us! *air kisses through my laptop screen*.


(very close to Fulham Broadway tube station)



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