‘Grace Kelly: Beyond The Icon’ Opens At The Michener Museum October 28

Actress Grace Kelly, posing for Life magazine, 1954. ©Philippe Halsman/Magnum Photos

DOYLESTOWN, PENN. — With fanfare befitting a princess, The James A. Michener Art Museum will present “From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly — Beyond the Icon” October 28–January 26.

The exhibition will introduce viewers to the world of Grace Kelly from 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” — to her becoming the Princess of Monaco.

From photographs, film clips, home movies, archival documents from the Palace of Monaco and pieces from her personal and theatrical wardrobe, visitors will be immersed in the world of Grace Kelly and invited to discover the life and legacy of the Oscar-winning American actress. “Beyond the Icon,” paints an intimate portrait of the woman behind the fairy tale. It offers the opportunity for visitors to view items from the Palace of Monaco, including mementos from her 1956 marriage to Prince Rainier III of Monaco, the shoes worn at their civil wedding ceremony, and love notes to Kelly from Prince Rainier.

The Michener Art Museum is the only venue in the United States for this exhibition, which draws 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 acknowledgment of her impact on so many facets of Twentieth Century history,” says Lisa Tremper Hanover, Michener director and 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.”

“From Philadelphia to Monaco: Grace Kelly—Beyond the Icon” is presented by the PNC Arts Alive initiative. It was produced by the Grimaldi Forum Monaco and the McCord Museum, based on a display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London.

Due to the anticipated popularity of “Grace Kelly, Beyond the Icon,” the museum will be open seven days a week and Thursday evenings for the duration of this exhibition, and will utilize a timed-ticket entry system for nonmembers.

Advance ticket purchase is highly recommended and available only at www.michenerartmuseum.org or 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 at 138 South Pine Street. The museum will be open Monday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm and Thursday evening until 8:30 pm. For information, or 215-340-9800 www.michenerartmuseum.org

Prince Rainier III and Princess Grace in the Gallery of Hercules in the Princely Palace of Monaco, following the official exchange of their marriage vows, April 19, 1956. ©Archives of the Princely Palace of Monaco

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