THE MARILYN MONROE ARCHIVE    . . .    The unique collection of Peter Schnug

The unique collection of Peter Schnug

Marilyn Monroe Experte Peter Schnug
“Marilyn Monroe's biography is dramatic. Her life, however, was not convoluted and dependent, as is often portrayed today. Marilyn Monroe was professionally organized and extremely self-critical. She skilfully avoided sexualized violence for personal reasons. This put her intermittently in hopeless professional situations at the beginning of her career. Her experiences as a starlet promoted self-confident and emancipated behavior in her as a world star. Marilyn Monroe was way ahead of her time. Today she is a role model for the international and diverse MeToo movement.
© Peter Schnug , Düsseldorf, August 5, 2022
"Because of her tragic biography, reminiscent of exceptional literature, Marilyn Monroe takes the same place for the 20th century as Fontane's EFFI BRIEST and Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA did before."
© Peter Schnug , Los Angeles, August 5, 2012
"Marilyn Monroe embodies the ultimate American dream. Her life is like the story of Disney's CINDERELLA. A poor little girl from a disadvantaged background becomes a successful, world-famous Hollywood star."
© Peter Schnug, Los Angeles, August 5, 2002
Peter Schnug is known as film historian and Marilyn Monroe biographer. He worked as consultant for television programs such as "Myth Marilyn Monroe" and "Diva Marilyn Monroe". Peter researched for the ARD documentary series "Legends" interview partners and favorable documentary material as well as unknown facts from the life of the Hollywood star. As Marilyn Monroe expert, he worked for the musical "Marilyn", which premiered in the Gärtnerplatz Theater in Munich and contributed texts and photos to the book for the musical. Peter provided thematically selected exhibits to the Film Museum Düsseldorf for the exhibition "Homage to Marilyn Monroe". Further he organized exhibitions in Berlin, Vienna, Essen, Krefeld, Heilbronn and Muensterlingen on Lake Constance, Switzerland. Peter was portrayed several times in the US film magazine "Hollywood Then and Now". In 1982 he founded "The Marilyn Monroe Archive" and has been online since 1997. The archive focuses on words, images, film and sound.
His archive about the actress and private person Marilyn Monroe consists of hundreds of historical items such as photos, film posters, scrapbooks, magazines, documents such as birth certificate and will, rare sound documents, private Super 8 films and other media of all kinds.
Original documents such as business papers, working scripts, autographs, private letters and fashionable accessories from the Hollywood icon round off his archive.
Peter was in contact with contemporary witnesses who knew Marilyn Monroe personally.
„It is very unusual to see such an incredibly beautiful woman with such an inner need. You think she is perfect, so happy. But Marilyn Monroe had that inner unrest that attracts women and men alike.“
Peter Schnug
On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe's death, Peter was invited to give an eulogy in the chapel at Westwood Memorial Park in Hollywood, where the actress was laid to rest. In his appreciation, he recalled the world star who came from deprived backgrounds and achieved world fame with talent and diligence after a difficult life. Marilyn Monroe is the true American dream and is still a role model for many today. Because of her tragic biography, which is reminiscent of extraordinary literature, Marilyn Monroe would occupy the same place for the 20th century as Fontane's EFFI BRIEST and Tolstoy's ANNA KARENINA before. For the future one can assume that Marilyn Monroe will become a pictorial work like the MONA LISA and the NEFRETTI. Through her art and life, she would have managed to unintentionally become the icon of modernity.
Peter studied film science, history and psychology. He worked as a director, designer, curator and lecturer. Peter lives in Dusseldorf, Germany. He speaks German and English.
Marilyn Monroe Experte Peter Schnug
With his archive on Marilyn Monroe, Peter Schnug has designed special exhibitions in Berlin, Vienna, Düsseldorf, Essen, Krefeld, Heilbronn and in Münsterlingen on Lake Constance, Switzerland, and made items available on loan. He made thematically selected exhibits from his Marilyn Monroe collection available to the Jewish Museum in Vienna for the exhibition "Bigger than life. 100 years of Hollywood. A Jewish experience". He worked as a curator for the exhibition "Homage to Marilyn Monroe" in the film museum of the state capital Düsseldorf. In cooperation with the museum, an exhibition rich in rare exhibits from its collection was created
The film museum of the state capital Düsseldorf invited Peter Schnug as curator to our special exhibition “Homage to Marilyn Monroe”. In cooperation with the proven Marilyn Monroe expert, an overview of the life and work of the artist, rich in rare exhibits, was created.
Thanks to Mr. Peter Schnug's magnificent collection, visitors to the museum were able to admire over 1000 objects from all of the star's creative periods.
His interest in the Hollywood icon stimulated him to do scientific research in archives and libraries. He also interviewed contemporary witnesses who knew Marilyn Monroe personally. His enthusiasm did not prevent him from critically dealing with her. The exhibition about Marilyn Monroe offered the visitor no glorification, but an open examination of the person and the work.
Thanks to his skills as a web designer and film editor, Peter Schnug not only created a computer presentation about Marilyn Monroe in the film museum, but also designed the website that advertised our Marilyn Monroe exhibition.
His commitment and his special knowledge make him an indispensable partner for activities related to the leading figure of American show business.
Dr. Sabine Lenk
Film Museum of the state capital Düsseldorf
The Marilyn Monroe Archive is an international collection in word, picture, film and sound. The collection is supplemented by original exhibits. The archive offers unimagined opportunities for books, exhibitions, events, television and radio projects. Specialist advice and research is possible. The Marilyn Monroe Archive was founded in 1982 by Peter Schnug and has been represented on the Internet since 1997. His unique collection of Marilyn Monroe provides detailed information about the life and death of the actress and pop icon.
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