An ever-elusive fascination which certain images and artefacts perpetuate: the dress blown high above her waist, the platinum-blond hair, Chanel No. 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.
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.
"Play it again, Sam." And maybe for the very last time. For the white piano which featured in Casablanca is to go up for auction at Sotheby's New York.
500 pieces – watches, jewellery and sundry othercreations that have established the fame of Van Cleef & Arpels, the luxuryjewellery house that was founded in 1905 – are on show in the Musée des ArtsDécoratifs, Pari.
The new-look Eiffel Tower is on show at the Venice Biennale. France’s most famous monument has been made over by the Moatti-Rivière Architecture Studio and is the subject of Eiffel Tower, theRefitting of the 1st Floor, a major exhibition that documents the keyphases in the refurbishment project via a 3D virtual voyage.
Damien Hirst is the richest artist in the world. One of his most famous works, a shark preserved in formaldehyde, sold atauction for 12 million dollars. And the major retrospective of his work, running at London’s Tate Modern until 9 September, has been accompanied by controversy right from the start.
"If you can dream it, you can do it": this was one of the favourite quotations of Enzo Ferrari.
The style of script we know as cursive has its roots in Italy. It’s a style that confers both elegance and an air of confidentiality on a text.
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 first Swatch timepiece went on sale on 1 March1983. It was the start of a global success story. Today, Swatch sells around 10 million watches every year.
The London Underground came into being on 9 January 1863 with the opening of a tunnel connecting the stations of Paddington and Farringdon, a route that now covers parts of the modern Circle and Metropolitan lines.
In Victorian England, three young artists, John Everett Millais, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and William Holman Hunt, formed a group which defied the conventions of the artistic establishment and took its inspiration from nature and early medieval art: the art produced before Raphael.
"Painting is not done to decorate apartments.It is an instrument of war for attack and defence against the enemy".
On 5 August 1965, Marilyn Monroe committed suicide in her home in Brentwood, California. Nearly 50 years on, in the absence of a replacement, oreven the palest imitation, her myth endures.
Manyof the most dynamic happenings in today’s cities have their origins online. TheUrban Picnic is slightly different, as its roots go back to 1988 when FrançoisPasquier, a Parisian who had returned to his native city after a long absence,decided to organize a picnic for his friends in the Bois de Boulogne. To add aneccentric twist, he asked all his guests to come dressed in white.
The Economist's ranking of the most competitive cities in the worldlists just two Italian cities
"It wasn’t my fault, I swear to God." These were the closing lines of the spiralling monologue of increasingly improbable excuses delivered by John Belushi in The Blues Brothers as his wife threatened him with a gun.
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.
What would our cities be like without lightpollution? French photographer Thierry Cohen asked himself the same question,and imagined them covered by marvellous vaults of stars.
Bologna is currently paying homage to one ofItaly’s leading artists: Nino Migliori.
Gae Aulenti was a “signature” architect before theterm even came into use. And she made us proud to feel Italian.
For romantics everywhere, and even for many ahardened cynic, Robert Doisneau’s Kiss by the Town Hall is one of the most iconic images of all time
Achille Castiglioni died in 2002, but these daysthere’s no harm in remembering an Italian who was known and loved all over theworld: and that’s an especially salutary exercise for those who are too quickto forget that Italy is still a country where excellence thrives.
If there’s one dominant theme in the photography ofDon McCullin, it’s war. Over the course of his career his work has taken himfrom one war zone to another
China looks likely to play a fundamental role in the future of architecture and it’s significant, therefore