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From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly — Beyond the Icon

Museum visitors will be immersed in the world of Grace Kelly and invited to discover the life and legacy of the Oscar-winning American actress and Princess of Monaco.

Museum visitors will be immersed in the world of Grace Kelly and invited to discover the life and legacy of the Oscar-winning American actress and Princess of Monaco.

The James A. Michener Art Museum will present From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY—Beyond the Icon from October 28th, 2013 through January 26th, 2014.

Discover the world of Grace Kelly in the heart of where she lived—born in the East Falls neighborhood of Northwest Philadelphia, Kelly graduated from Stevens School in Germantown where her yearbook predicted that she would someday “become a stage and screen star.”

Museum visitors will be immersed in the world of Grace Kelly and invited to discover the life and legacy of the Oscar-winning American actress and Princess of Monaco.

Photographs, film clips, home movies, archival documents from the Palace of Monaco, and pieces from her personal and theatrical wardrobe paint an intimate portrait of the woman behind the fairy tale.

The Michener Art Museum is proud to be the only venue in the United States for this exhibition, drawing from Grace Kelly’s personal objects housed in the archives of the Palace of Monaco and the Grimaldi Forum.

“The opportunity to bring together a comprehensive exhibition that focuses on the depth and breadth of Grace Kelly’s extraordinary life is an important acknowledgement of her impact on so many facets of 20th century history,” says Lisa Tremper Hanover, Michener Director & CEO. “Throughout the years, interest in Grace—her compassion, her radiance, her individuality and her dignity—has never waned. Her hometown of Philadelphia is eager to honor this spirit.”

“I hope that through experiencing this exhibition you will be able to glimpse the real Grace Kelly – the woman beyond the icon, my mother,” delighted Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. His Highness’ passion and respect for his mother’s legacy were the impetus for the North American tour for this exhibition.

“I hope that through experiencing this exhibition you will be able to glimpse the real Grace Kelly – the woman beyond the icon, my mother,” delighted Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco. His Highness’ passion and respect for his mother’s legacy were the impetus for the North American tour for this exhibition.

Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco spoke of how delighted he is to have the exhibition at the James A. Michener Art Museum, not far from where his mother grew up. “Those of us who were fortunate enough to know my mother—her family and friends—knew her to be a genuine, warm and loving woman—a woman who always put her family first. I hope that through experiencing this exhibition you will be able to glimpse the real Grace Kelly—the woman beyond the icon, my mother.” His passion and respect for his mother’s legacy were the impetus for the North American tour for this exhibition.

From Philadelphia to Monaco: GRACE KELLY—Beyond the Icon is presented by the PNC Arts Alive initiative that is funded through the PNC Foundation. Generous support is provided by Bucks County Conference and Visitors Bureau, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco and the Princess Grace Foundation-USA. Additional support is provided by the Consulate General of Monaco in New York/Monaco Government Tourist Office, Fox Rothschild LLP, Macy’s, Thompson Lexus and the members of Friends of Grace.

The exhibition illustrates the Philadelphia native’s life through letters, photographs, awards, couture fashion and other personal artifacts, as well as film clips, playbills, home movies and souvenirs from her acting career.

The exhibition illustrates the Philadelphia native’s life through letters, photographs, awards, couture fashion and other personal artifacts, as well as film clips, playbills, home movies and souvenirs from her acting career.

The exhibition is produced by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco and the McCord Museum, based on a display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

The museum will be open seven days a week and Thursday evenings for the duration of this exhibition. Due to the anticipated popularity of From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon, the Michener will be using a timed ticket entry system for non-members. Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and available only at MichenerArtMuseum.org or by calling 800-595-4849. Advance tickets will not be sold at the museum. Tickets include all museum galleries and are free for members and children under 6; adults $18; seniors $17; college students with valid ID $16; ages 6–18 $8.

The James A. Michener Art Museum is located at 138 South Pine St., Doylestown, PA. The exhibit will be open Monday through Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday noon-5 p.m. and Thursday evenings until 8 p.m. for the duration of the exhibition. Closed Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day. For more information, visit MichenerArtMuseum.org or call 215-340-9800.

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