Marilyn Monroe has taken over Bendigo and is drawing crowds in the final weeks of the Marilyn Monroe Exhibition at the Bendigo Art Gallery. Marilyn remains one of the most celebrated and enigmatic film stars in history, she transformed herself from ordinary girl next door, Norma Jean Baker into a glamorous and universally-recognised screen goddess. This comprehensive exhibition brings together authentic artefacts, clothing and other objects belonging to, or worn by Marilyn. More than 20 original film costumes from some of Marilyn’s greatest films such as Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, How to Marry a Millionaire and Love Nest feature alongside numerous dresses and accessories from Marilyn’s personal wardrobe.
The ground-breaking collaboration with Twentieth Century Fox allows unprecedented access to 12 of the films Marilyn completed with the studio, including glamorous studio portraits, wardrobe test photographs, lobby cards and film posters. Curated by Bendigo Art Gallery, the costumes, personal clothing and artefacts have been drawn from private collections around the world and have never been seen before in Australia.
To complement the exhibition, Bendigo Art Gallery also secured Seward Johnson’s iconic eight metre high sculpture of Marilyn Monroe, Forever Marilyn, which is on display at Charing Cross, corner of View Street and Pall Mall.
This sculpture has been seen in Chicago and Palm Springs, USA and makes its international debut in Bendigo.