The Only Blonde in the World
by Pauline Boty, 1963
© Pauline Boty Estate

On 4 August 1962, the celebrated film actress, Marilyn Monroe, committed suicide. The ensuing storm of publicity focused not only on her beauty and talent, but on the tragic circumstances of her death. There was growing speculation about her private life and the pressures exerted by the glare of publicity.

This section of the exhibition contains portraits of Monroe made by Pop artists in Britain and America and is presented as a secular ‘chapel’ to one of the late twentieth-century goddesses. The display reunites several important works originally shown in the celebrated tribute exhibition, Homage to Marilyn Monroe, held at Sydney Janis Gallery, New York, in 1967.