Histoire d’une rencontre

Spotlight on an exhibition at the Palace of Monaco

Exhibition 14th May – 15th October 2019

Between 14 May and 14 October 2019 the State Rooms of the Palace of Monaco will host an exceptional exhibition organised by the Archives of the Palace of Monaco and the Audiovisual Institute of Monaco, this unique and original exhibition will put into context and into perspective, in this year of the 90th anniversary of the birth of Grace Kelly, her first meeting with Prince Rainier III of Monaco.

Before winning an Oscar for best actress in March 1955 for her role in The Country Girl, Grace Kelly had shot To Catch A Thief by Alfred Hitchcock on the Cote d’Azur the year before, which included one of the legendary scenes which took place on the heights of the Principality. 

Guest star of the VIIIth edition of the Cannes Film Festival, Grace Kelly agreed to change her schedule for a last-minute meeting with the Prince of Monaco, on the afternoon of the 6 May 1955. Set up by Pierre Galante, a journalist at Paris Match, this meeting, which almost never happened, was immortalised by the magazine’s photographer, Michel Simon, as well as by the Irish photographer Edward Quinn, who had been working for a long time on the Riviera.

The photographs taken by these two privileged witnesses will be exhibited together for the first time. Posed or taken on the fly, these images, of different formats, demonstrate the interest and the technical as well as the artistic quality of the work of the press photographers at that time.

Conceived as a photographic journey in the State Rooms of the Palace of Monaco, the exhibition retraces the steps of Grace Kelly, in the very places where she met Prince Rainier, with the dress she wore on this occasion, along with personal items, letters, testimonials, newspaper excerpts and films. All this documentation shows how the article, which passed almost unnoticed at the time, has become a legend, with its memories and stories. 

Monaco 6th May 1955. Histoire d’une rencontre

Commissioners: Thomas Fouilleron & Vincent Vatrican

Palace of Monaco, Place du Palais, Monaco, State Rooms

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