Marilyn in Bologna, the photographic exhibition

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A photographic exhibition dedicated to the timeless myth Marilyn Monroe. The shots taken during his career are on display in Bologna and visible for free.

It inaugurated last night, September 3, 2014, in Bologna "Marilyn in White", The exhibition event dedicated to the one and only legend of 50s cinema, Marilyn Monroe. The gallery frame of this event is the Ono Gallery (Ono Arte Contemporanea) located in Via Santa Margherita 10, a few hundred meters from the central Piazza Maggiore.

The exhibition falls on a special occasion, just in 2014, will turn 60 perhaps the most famous of the films featuring the great Marilyn, "The Seven Year Itch",or "When the wife is on vacation”By Billy Wilder. In fact, the images will all be part of the photographic collection created by George Barris during the shooting of that film. Barris was a famous New York photographer and, during the best of the 50s, he had the honor of photographing, in addition to Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, many film stars and even President Eisenhower.

Marilyn was portrayed several times by Barris, so much so that they even created an autobiography and a book of pictures together, a sign that theirs was not only a working relationship but also of esteem and friendship, which transpires in every shot, where the gaze is not that of a stranger but that of someone who in his own way, through a lens, loved her.

Will 30 shots who will compose the exhibition that will show us from a particular point of view what was one of the most desired women on the planet.

It should be remembered that George Barris was also one of the last to photograph Marilyn, however, it was not the last ever, as is believed, the involuntary honor goes instead to Allan Grant who was able to portray her a few days before her death. I'm 52 years have now passed since her untimely death, and it had only been a few months since her famous “Happy birthday Mr. President” sung in honor of President JF Kennedy's birthday, when they found her lifeless in her Los Angeles home.

A timeless myth, a woman imprisoned in her image of a dazed blonde, in her eternal youth and beauty. Thirty photographs that celebrate her once again, but this time as a normal woman, who can never be normal.

The Ono Gallery, which dedicates its spaces to contemporary art in all its forms, will remain open from Tuesday to Saturday, from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 15.00 to 21.30, while on Sunday from 16.00 to 21.00. To request further information, you can call 051 262465 or visit the website. The exhibition will remain in Bologna from 3 September to 4 October. Admission is free. I was at the inauguration yesterday and I really advise you not to miss it. A unique Marilyn.

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