SAVE THE DATE: "MARILYN, THE LAST SITTING", AN UNPRECEDENTED PHOTOGRAPHY EXHIBITION AT DS WORLD PARIS
From 8 June 2017 to 6 January 2018, DS Automobiles is paying homage to Marilyn Monroe with a new exhibition at DS World Paris. The timeless moment will take visitors back 55 years to the intimate last photography shoot of Marilyn Monroe by famous photographer Bert Stern, one month before the actress's death.
The exhibition of 59 photographs is proposed by Olivier Lorquin, curator of the show and chairman of Musée Maillol, and staged by Hubert Le Gall. The show will plunge visitors into a world of glamour, truth and emotion.
The exhibition is showing at DS World Paris on 33 rue François 1er in Paris. Free admission.
Commenting, Julien Faux, Director of DS World Paris, said: "The Marilyn exhibition at DS World Paris is a way for us to keep alive the legend of this exceptional woman, who was ahead of her time. It is also a fantastic opportunity to draw parallels between the timelessness of this artist, who has become an icon, and the avant-garde of the current models in the DS collection. Our cars are like no others with their remarkable styling, their refinement down to the last detail, and their leading-edge technology. They embody the values of excellence and innovation of another 20th century icon: the DS 19. And so the DS story continues in the 21st century and today's models could in turn become tomorrow's legends. Watch this space."
Marilyn's last photo shoot showing exclusively at DS World Paris.
Following shows featuring the artist-photographer Baudouin, with "Parisian Women in DS", Studio Harcourt, and Pierre and Alexandra Boulat, with their intimate photographs of Yves Saint Laurent, DS World Paris is launching a new photography exhibition, "Marilyn, The Last Sitting". At the Parisian showcase, the flagship of DS Automobiles, at once sales area and cultural space, the 59 prints in the exhibition illustrate Marilyn Monroe's special relationship with photography and the photographers that in a certain sense helped to forge the legend that we all know.
DS and Marilyn, a meeting of two avant-gardes that have become legends
The new artist residency brings together two 20th-century legends that were both ahead of their time. Marilyn Monroe was a cultural icon, a sex symbol par excellence, and also a modern and committed woman who changed the way we see women. The DS was an avant-garde car described by philosopher Roland Barthes in his 1957 book Mythologies as the "supreme creation of an era, conceived with passion by unknown artists, and consumed in image if not in usage by a whole population which appropriates it as a purely magical object".
Created in 1955, the DS is still present in our minds. It is an icon of the 20th century French automotive world. Having now become a brand in its own right, the ambition of DS is to embody French luxury savoir-faire in the automotive industry. It has created a new generation of models – DS 3, DS 3 Cabrio, DS 4, DS 4 Crossback, DS 5 and DS 7 Crossback – that perpetuate the values of excellence, innovation and avant-garde of their illustrious predecessor.
Marilyn, a 20th century icon, was photographed by the greatest photographers of her time. In 1962, against all expectations, she accepted to do a photo shoot with Bert Stern for Vogue magazine. For two days and one night she gave herself up for one last time to the photographer's gaze. She died several weeks later. Today, this remarkable photo shoot is known as "The Last Sitting". It will be showing at DS World Paris starting on Thursday 8 June.