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I Wanna Be Loved By You

Marilyn Monroe (1926-1962) is undoubtedly one of the most photographed stars in the history of cinema. She was captured by some of the best photographers of her day: André de Dienes, Milton Greene, Philippe Halsmann, Eve Arnold, Cecil Beaton, Sam Shaw, Ed Feingersh, George Barris, and Bert Stern, all of whom contributed to making Marilyn an internationally-renowned icon.

The exhibition presents some sixty photographs, mostly on loan from private collectors, as well as numerous multimedia materials. Marilyn is the story of the unique relationship that Marilyn Monroe had with photography, and photographers. A key relationship that would play a vital role in the construction of her legendary image.

Even more than the lights and excitement of the silver screen, Marilyn loved the camera, and photographers loved her in return. Marilyn Monroe skilfully played the celebrity game, posing for each paparazzi shot with a dazzling smile. From a very young age, she devoured movie magazines with their idealized pictures, wich awakened her interest in photography. She began her career as a model and a pin-up, and quickly came to understand how important the image would be in launching her film career. Her exceptional photogenic nature and intensive shooting sessions with famous Hollywood photographers quickly bore fruit and she appeared on the cover of numerous magazines, contributing to the development of her popularity, as well as her erotic appeal. It was through the lens of studio advertising photographers that Norma Jeane Baker, the girl with the difficult childhood, became Marilyn Monroe, the star. The media portrayed her as a cheerful, radiant woman. But the real Marilyn was a much more complex, multifaceted individual. Every icon of course, has two sides: in this case, there was the joyful, fun-loving blonde. But there was also a darker self: perfectionist, fragile and vulnerable.

Marilyn established a relationship built on trust with photographers, more so than with journalists or even filmmakers. She regularly commissioned photo shoots so that she could fashion her own image and shed the role in which she had been enclosed by the media and large Hollywood studios, Fox in particular. Marilyn sought to control every image, as she did on the contact sheets of ‘The Last Sitting’ by Bert Stern, presented at the end of this exhibition, crossing out the shots that she didn’t like. It is this co-construction of her image, revealing the mastery of the photographer as much as her own, which the viewer can discover here.

The team

The curators

Sylvie Lécallier is a graduate of the École Nationale Supérieure de la Photographie in Arles. Specializing in fashion photography, since 1999, she has been the head of the photography and publishing department at the Palais Galliera, Musée de la Mode de la Ville de Paris. She has curated a number of exhibitions, including ‘Henry Clarke, photographe de mode’ (2002), ‘Ouverture pour inventaire’ (2004), and ‘Gallierock par J.C. de Castelbajac’ (2007). In 2012, she organized the exhibition ‘Mannequin – le corps de la mode’ at the Rencontres internationales de la photographie d’Arles. The exhibition was also shown at Les Docks – Cité de la Mode et du Design in Paris, the following year. In 2014, she co-curated the exhibition ‘Papier glacé, un siècle de photographie de mode chez Condé Nast’ at the Palais Galliera, Paris.

Following his high school education, Olivier Lorquin trained as a film-maker at the IFC from 1969 to 1971, specializing in both documentary and commercial film. In this capacity, he produced several films on Peggy Guggenheim, Fahrelnissa Zeid, Henry Moore and Vince Taylor. He also worked in the world of music as both a songwriter and singer. In 1981, he began working for Dina Vierny at her gallery. The latter would entrust the running of the gallery to him two years later. In 1995, he was named director of the Fondation Dina Vierny-Musée Maillol and since 2009, following the death of Dina Vierny, he has acted as president of the Foundation. Since March 2010, he has been appointed an expert to the National Society of Art Appraisers, the Compagnie Nationale des Experts en oeuvres d’art (CNE), and has been a member of the executive board of the CNE since April 2012.


Sophie Hovanessian worked as director of Paris Musées and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux before being made administrator of the Musée Jacquemart-André. Since 2010, she has been the director of cultural programming and exhibitions at Culturespaces.

Agnès Wolff, head of exhibitions, Cecilia Braschi, exhibitions manager at the Hôtel de Caumont Centre d’Art and Sophie Blanc, régisseur at Culturespaces, have also played an important role in the organization and realization of this exhibition Culturespaces.


Hubert le Gall is a french designer, creator and sculptor of contemporary art. Since 2000, he has produced original scenographies for exhibitions.


From 22 October 2016 to 1st May 2017

Every day from 10am to 7pm.
Late opening every Tuesday until 9:30 p.m.

Last admission 30 minutes before closing.


Tour of the art centre + exhibition
Full rate

Reduced rate (students, unemployed, Education Pass holders) €10
Youth rate (7-25 years old) €5