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Marilyn Monroe 'Timeless' Exhibition - Press Release


An iconic collection of Marilyn Monroe photography comes to Bury St Edmunds 

‘Timeless’, a unique exhibition of images of Hollywood legend Marilyn Monroe, opens at Bury St Edmunds historic Moyse’s Hall from Saturday 2 June with a special launch event featuring Suzie Kennedy , the world’s leading Marilyn Monroe tribute artist.

This stunning collection of rare vintage photographs and limited-edition prints has been hand-curated by Kudos Memorabilia for Moyse’s Hall, featuring some of the 20th Century’s greatest photographic artists and celebrating the remarkable life and career of Marilyn Monroe.

This new exhibition will be a rare opportunity to explore stunning portraits from Monroe’s early years as an aspiring actress and model through to her dazzling rise to international stardom. Alongside works from photographic luminaries like Alfred Eisenstaedt, Philippe Halsman, Cecil Beaton, Bert Stern, André de Dienes, George Barris and Milton Greene, the collection will also feature one of Marilyn’s treasured personal possessions, which was displayed in the living room of her famous Brentwood home, on 12305 Fifth Helena Drive, right up until her untimely death on August 5th, 1962. 

Kudos Memorabilia are specialist collectors of high-end Hollywood memorabilia from Bruce Lee to The Lord of the Rings. Brian White from Kudos comments on what inspired them to build this collection,

“Her ethereal beauty, clarity of expression and emotional transparency all combine to portray a woman, who was simultaneously radiant, vulnerable, provocative, transcendent and yet somehow tangibly real. For us, Marilyn represents the pinnacle of female celebrity portraiture.

We have stunning images from her very earliest days as a model, behind-the-scenes captures from her film-work, breathtaking location and studio work and emotive candid images that showcase her true personality in a unique and engaging way. Exclusive and privately curated collections like ours are routinely hidden away from the public, and so we regard this as a rare and valuable opportunity to view such a diverse, historic and brand-agnostic collection of Marilyn Monroe images.”

Situated in the beautiful Moyse’s Hall, this will be the first time many of these images will have been seen together in their original form. Highlights include original vintage photographs, shot and processed when Marilyn was alive, images that were once part of famous curated collections and historic limited edition prints produced and signed by the original photographic artists. This is a rare chance to witness such an extensive collection in the UK.

Brian goes on to discuss why they chose the 900 year old setting of Bury St Edmunds Moyse’s Hall for this timeless collection.

“In each of our commercial endeavours, we look for teams of people, who are passionate and knowledgeable about the subject and who are personally invested in bringing the best possible experience to the public. Over the last few years, we have developed an excellent working relationship with the teams at Moyse’s Hall, The Apex and St Edmundsbury Council and have received wonderful feedback from the local people, who have viewed our exhibits.

Marilyn Monroe is a unique and iconic celebrity, who invariably draws an extremely passionate response, whenever her photographic collaborations are shown. We are, therefore, delighted to share this collection with a community, which has shown us so much appreciation and support in recent years. 

To celebrate the opening of ‘Timeless’, Moyse’s Hall have invited the world’s leading Marilyn Monroe tribute artist, Suzie Kennedy, to open the exhibition on Saturday 2 June (from 10 am) welcoming both fans and exhibition visitors. Suzie will also perform a medley of Marilyn’s most celebrated musical hits at an exclusive VIP event in The Moyse’s Hall Museum from 5pm to 6pm. Limited tickets are available at £8 and must be booked in advance from www.moyseshall.org.  Suzie will also perform in front of The Apex in Charter Square at 12.30pm.

Suzie has not only appeared in international feature films, TV dramas, TV commercials and West End Theatre but also in editorial and commercial photographic work. She has portrayed Marilyn in films including 'Blade Runner 2049' and the Oscar winning ‘Theory of Everything', and TV dramas such as 'Who Killed Marilyn?''Seven days that made a President - JFK', and 'Autopsy - The Final Days of Marilyn'.

As the legendary photographer, Elliott Erwitt, once quipped: “Marilyn Monroe had the most extraordinary ability of always looking good for the camera... It's really very difficult to take a bad picture of her!”

Showcasing the most photographed female icon of the 20th Century, this beautiful and historic collection of images, which runs from 2 June until 30 September, is quite simply ‘Timeless’.

The exhibition will be open Monday to Saturday, 10am – 5pm and Sunday, 12pm – 4pm with admission only £5 for adults and £3 for children. 

Marilyn Monroe: Timeless

Saturday 2 June – Sunday 30 September 2018

Admission: adult £5, concession £3, family £15 (booking not required)



About Moyse’s Hall:

Steeped in history, Moyse’s Hall has looked out over Bury St Edmunds market place for almost 900 years.

Situated in a beautiful medieval building, Moyse’s Hall Museum houses eclectic collections and exhibitions, and hosts events ranging from themed craft workshops for all the family to historical talks and lectures.

The landmark 12th Century building’s rich and varied past has included serving as the town’s Bridewell, workhouse and police station, and first opening as a museum in 1899.

Today the museum offers a fascinating view into the past with collections that document the foundation of the early town – from the creation and dissolution of the abbey, to prison paraphernalia and artefacts providing intriguing insights into superstition and witchcraft.



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