THE FRENCH RIVIERA TO CELEBRATE CENTENARY OF JFK’S BIRTH

JFK aurait eu 100 ans cette année. JFK would have turned 100 this year.

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To celebrate the centenary of the birth of JFK, famed writer and producer Frédéric Lecomte-Dieu will be curating a one-off photo exhibition “John F. Kennedy 1917 – 2017” in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin.

The exhibition runs from the 15th to the 30th of May at the Mairie in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, one of the Kennedys’ favourite holiday destinations, and will shed light on the life and career of the most popular American president in history. Just one of the many events that will be organized in 2017 on the French Riviera in honour of JFK!

In parallel to the main exhibition, 100 captioned pictures will be available for 24 hours only on the centenary website. This temporary display will take place on the 29th of May, the actual birthday of the late president.

On the 21st of July, Lecomte-Dieu will present his one-man show, “Dallas ! On a tiré sur le président Kennedy” at the Palais de l’Europe in Menton. For an hour and a half, he will give a voice to some 10 characters, including Lyndon Baines Johnson, Robert Kennedy, J.Edgar Hoover, Martin Luther King, Pierre Salinger, and Richard Nixon, as they pay their respects to the 35th president as his coffin lies in repose in the East Room of the White House.

Lecomte-Dieu has been working as a biographer of the famous clan since 1995, in collaboration with the U.S. National Archives and the John F. Kennedy Library in Boston. His extraordinary work has earned him praise from the highest levels of American government, notably during the 1998 exhibition, “Kennedy – The American Dream”. Since then he has continued to show his extensive collection of pictures throughout the world. The “Generation Kennedy” exhibition in 2001 at the Métropole Shopping Centre in Monte-Carlo attracted nearly 300,000 visitors. He is also regularly invited to speak at conferences, and is usually the first port of call for the French-speaking media each time there is some breaking news concerning the Kennedys.

PHOTO EXHIBIT REVEALS HIDDEN SIDE OF JACKIE KENNEDY

Une belle expo sur Jackie Kennedy en ce moment à Nice. A nice exhibit about Jackie Kennedy currently under way in Nice!

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Galerie Ferrero hosts a very interesting exhibit put together by one of the Kennedy clan’s most famous biographers, Frédéric Lecompte-Dieu.

 

Former US First Lady Jackie Kennedy once said of her life

I have been through a lot and have suffered a great deal. But I have had lots of happy moments, as well. Every moment one lives is different from the other. The good, the bad, hardship, the joy, the tragedy, love, and happiness are all interwoven into one single, indescribable whole that is called life. You cannot separate the good from the bad. And perhaps there is no need to do so, either.

Running until the end of May, the 130 photograph exhibit entitled « Elle s’appelait Jackie! », (Her Name was Jackie!) pays tribute to a woman who was an undisputed icon of style and reveals hidden sides from all stages of her life, from childhood to just before her death at age 64.

While some pictures are more glamorous, like for instance those of her wedding day or of the 1961 visit to Paris with JFK, others have a definite historical value, like the ones taken on that fateful day in November when Jackie, in a pink suit and matching pillbox hat, saw her husband assassinated before her eyes. And of course, some are just personal, like the photo showing her as a student in 1949, when she attended the University of Grenoble for six weeks, or the picture of her holding her children, Caroline and John-John, looking simply happy and relaxed.

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On display also is a replica of Jackie’s bouffant wedding dress, created from almost 50 feet of ivory silk taffeta by African-American dressmaker Ann Lowe, the President’s rocking chair, as well as a few letters written by Jackie herself, some magazines and a 45 minute long movie.

As her brother-in-law, the late Senator Ted Kennedy put it, “Jackie would have preferred to be just herself, but the world insisted that she be a legend….”.

After seeing all those pictures, it is clear that, more than 20 years after her death, Jackie Kennedy still holds an unparalleled place in American history and will continue to fascinate many more generations to come.

« Elle s’appelait Jackie! » runs until the 29th of May at Galerie Ferrero in Nice. Entrance is 10 euros (5 euros for students) and opening hours are Monday to Friday from 10:30am to 7pm and Saturday and Sunday from 10:30am to 7:30pm.

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CONTACT DETAILS
Galerie Ferrero
6, rue du Congrès
06000 Nice

Tel: +33 4 93 88 34 44

 

Lead image by Cecil Stoughton, White House [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons; all other images courtesy Galerie Ferrero