Salvatore Ferragamo is set to pay tribute to Marilyn Monroe with an exhibition dedicated to the American icon held at the company’s museum in Florence from June 20 to Jan. 28.
In order to re-create a complete and authentic portrait of the actress, the retrospective will include film clips, pictures, international magazine covers, Monroe’s original writings, 30 pairs of shoes and more than 50 outfits worn by the diva on the set of her most important movies, such as “Niagara,” “Some Like It Hot,” and “The Asphalt Jungle,” among others, and both in her private and public life.
In addition, curators Stefania Ricci and Sergio Risaliti analyzed some popular portraits of Monroe taken by famous photographers showing a link with masterpieces of the ancient past. For example, a portrait taken by Bert Stern in 1962 is juxtaposed with Canova’s sculpture “Ninfa dormiente,” and “The Alessandro Morente” marble sculpture is compared with a shot of the actress by Cecil Beaton.
The rooms of Palazzo Feroni, which houses Ferragamo’s museum, will also display prestigious works of art on loan from international museums, such as Andy Warhol’s “Four Marilyns” and a “Marilyn” collage by Italian Artist Mimmo Rotella, which will appear in the catalogue along with images of all the exhibition’s clothing and documents and a number of essays on the many aspects of Monroe’s complex personality.
The exhibition will be inaugurated with a private cocktail party on June 19.
Museo Salvatore Ferragamo
June 20 to Jan. 28
Palazzo Spini Feroni
Piazza Santa Trinità, Florence