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Hot Art: Monroe’s Starring Role

John Vachon's Marilyn with Mountie

FEBRUARY 19 TO MAY 15 Almost 50 years after her death, Hollywood megastar Marilyn Monroe continues to fascinate. From meteoric rise to tragic demise, Monroe’s life played out like a classic movie script. The images she left behind, however, offer a much more complex story. On view at the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, Life as a Legend: Marilyn Monroe paints a captivating picture of the actress and her contradictions—vulnerable yet calculating, equal parts innocence and sexual desire, a woman of both integrity and artifice. More than 150 works—including images, such as John Vachon’s photograph Marilyn with Mountie, which reveal Monroe’s Canadian connection—shine the spotlight on this cultural icon.

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