Tuesday, June 10, 2008

The Grace Kelly Years Princess of Monaco Opens at The Salle Saint-Jean, Hotel de Ville




PARIS.- The Mayor of Paris is paying tribute to Princess Grace of Monaco by hosting the exhibition that the Grimaldi Forum presented in summer 2007. Curated by Frédéric Mitterrand, this exhibition looks at the various periods and facets of Grace Kelly's life.

From Hollywood star to Princess of Monaco, the story of a magnificent woman whose destiny was exceptional.

The exhibition takes visitors to the very heart of the memories of Grace Kelly's years as Princess of Monaco. A tribute exhibition, it leafs through an album of photographs by the greatest names in photography (Howell Conant, Cecil Beaton, Irving Penn and others), reveals the correspondence that Grace Kelly maintained with her Hollywood friends and the world's celebrities (Jacky Kennedy, Alfred Hitchcock, Maria Callas, Cary Grant et al) and displays personal belongings, a part of her wardrobe (including her wedding gown), some of her jewellery and many of her fashion accessories including the famous Kelly bag by Hermès.

Grace Kelly's first life, in cinema, is extensively documented through a montage of excerpts from her principal films and a big section devoted to Alfred Hitchcock's film Rear Window, but there are also sequences from home movies that Princess Grace herself filmed, movies that allow visitors to see exactly what her everyday life was like.

Through this woman who left us too soon, an entire era is sensed. An era trying to forget a devastating second world war. An era in which one woman, Grace Kelly, left her native America because love made her prefer the Old World.

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