The exhibition features works by 56 artists from Spain, Italy, Portugal, France, Polish, Latvia and Denmark. The works were made with the use of various forms of paintings, drawings, photographs, objects, installations and video.
This year’s exhibition of photographs by Milton H. Greene at the Centennial Hall will focus on Marilyn Monroe & Marlene Dietrich. From 1 July to 10 August, the specially arranged space of the Imperial Room at the Centennial Hall will host 140 photographs taken by the master. The exhibition also contains images from the so-called “Black Session” and it is the fourth temporary exhibition presenting the selection of exhibits from the collection, which encompasses over 3200 pieces.
The fourth presentation of photographs by Milton H. Greene contains images, which can be divided into three main thematic groups. First one is a great selection of photographs from the exquisite and famous ‘’Black Session” with Marilyn Monroe. Despite the fact that there are many images from this series in the collection of the Centennial Hall, and it is probably not the last time you see her shots from this exact series, I decided to complement the “Black Session” with several photographs of Marilyn, which provide context for the meetings of the model and the photograph. No one else could take such direct, almost intimate photographs of Marilyn. The friendship and mutual trust between Marilyn Monroe and Milton Greene give us a unique opportunity to touch upon something ephemeral, private, and at the same time theatrical. However, the main strength of the presented photographs is the way in which Marilyn visibly plays with the convention by winking at the audience, looking straight into the lens, and the visible contact of the model with the photographer. Another group consists of photographs ofMarlene Dietrich.
The juxtaposition of the photographs of two very diverse film stars by the same author is risky on the one hand, but on the other it is incredibly tempting. I thought that the audience will want to come to the exhibition, attracted by just one of the ladies; however, it is about something else. The presented photographs are a meeting of a rising film start with a superstar, who already saw her prime and already had her best time as an artist. The mastery of Greene can be seen in a totally different treatment of both models.
Tickets, priced at 7, 8 and 12 PLN are available at the entrance.