An ever-elusive fascination which certain images and artefacts perpetuate: the dress blown high above her waist, the platinum-blond hair, Chanel N. 5, the Warhol portraits which established her as one of the great pop icons of the long 20th century. More than the films and the photographs, what really remains of Marilyn Monroe as the half-centenary of her death approaches? The awareness of her power to enrich the lives of those who were close to her: a power that touched so many, but sadly was unable to save Monroe herself. Among the many initiatives underway to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Marilyn Monroe’s death is Liz Garbus’s film Love, Marilyn.
Ai Weiwei is one of the most important contemporary artists. Sunflower Seeds is his best known installation - a carpet of 100 million hand - made ceramic sunflower seeds.
Pictures that tell historical events. Many belong to Magnum Photos, the legendary photographic agency founded in 1947 by Robert Capa and Henri Cartier-Bresson
O Captain! My Captain! This is perhaps the message with which we all remember him, standing on improvised desks.
"The work of designers is to ease others lives, not only physically, but also psychologically”. This is one of the key concepts of Gaetano Pesce, the great Italian designer to whom the Maxxi Foundation of Romeis now dedicating an exhibition.
Hard Day's Night was the third studio album by the Beatles, and includes the soundtrack to the film A Hard Day’s Night, the first film to star John, Paul, George and Ringo.
And now it’s the name of the first hotel dedicated to the legendary foursome. Its location? The Beatles’ home town of Liverpool.
New York’s Museum of Modern Art is celebrating the career of Dante Ferretti, and Barack Obama will soon be receiving Ferretti in the White House. It’s a tribute to the man and a homage to the craftsmen of cinema that made Italy the envy of the world.
White steel, concrete and glass exactly where you weren’t expecting to find them: bang in the middle of the Po Valley.
Osteria Francescana with chef-patron Massimo Bottura has been ranked third among the top ten best restaurants in the world by the Restaurant magazine, organiser of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Contest.
Braque,Chagall, Miró, Picasso, Beckmann, Kirchner, Nolde, Hockney, Warhol and Abramović.
"Sorted" is UK slang for “problem solved”. And it’s also the name of an online cooking tutorial which began four years ago when four young Englishmen decided to load videos onto YouTube to teach their peers how to prepare simple, nutritious and affordable meals.
The grand opening of the tallest skyscraper in Italy will be in 2015. The Isozaki Tower was designed by renowned Japanese architect Arata Isozaki to upgrade the CityLife district in Milan.
Architecture, dance, cinema, theatre and research. These are the disciplines chosen to deliver a comprehensive portrait of Italy by Monditalia, the exhibition section at the Corderie belonging to the Architecture Biennale being held in Venice.
Being an architect for him is a poetic profession, because its aim is to design spaces for the life of man in nature.
We are talking about Alvaro Siza, winner of the Pritzker Price in 1992 and a Leone d'Oro career award in 2012 in Venice.
He’s the most envied man in the movies. Not only for the beautiful women that populate his amazing adventures, but also for the cars he drives.
"We futurists, Balla and Depero, wish to reconstruct the universe by making it a brighter place, which is to say, by re-creating it in full." These were the words written by Fortunato Depero in the manifesto he and Balla Giacomo composed in 1915.
Not just Pollock, but Kline, Rothko and many others. Milan’s Palazzo Reale is now hosting Pollock and the Irascibles, an exhibition on loan from New York’s Whitney Museum.
Writers always talk about themselves. They circle things, describe other people. And in doing so they learn to know themselves.
LBicycles are the most common means of transport in theworld. Mayors of the most important cities in the planet are launchingcampaigns to encourage citizens to ride. And there is somebody who has thoughtof collecting pictures of artists and Hollywood celebrities taking a turn ontwo wheels.
The structure nestles at the courtyard of a 19th-century Parisian block on Avenue des Gobelins. It will house the new headquarters of the Fondation Jérôme Seydoux-Pathé in Paris.
It is called ‘Air Swimming’ (Nuoto d’Aria). It is a beautiful installation of ‘flying’ fish by Venetian artist Anna Paola Cibin. You do not need to go to a museum to enjoy it; simply go past the hall of the Marco Polo Airport in Venice.
The Rencontres d'Arles, the most important European Festival of international contemporary photography, which is at its 45 edition, starts again.
There are paintings that everyone, not only art experts, know. And one of these is Gustav Klimt’s The Kiss.
It took two years of negotiations, but Bologna got there in the end. From 8 February, Vermeer’s famous painting "The Girl with a Pearl Earring" will be on display in the city’s Palazzo Fava.
What kind of world do artists live in? This is the question at the heart of the 55th Venice Biennale, which opened in June and runs until 24 November. 88 countries, thousands of artists, 47 fringe events.
Luigi Ghirri’s pictures, brimming with philosophical concepts, are thought-provoking. An exhibition at Rome's MAXXI - National Museum of the 21st Century Arts - showcases the work of one of the undisputed masters of Italian photography.