lThe legacy of late American photographer Henry Clarke comes to the American Academy in Rome 16 Nov-16 Dec in the guise of 59 portrait and fashion shots taken from the 1950s until his death in 1998.
Former fashion accessoriser Clarke became interested in photography in 1945 after meeting Cecil Beaton in the Vogue studios in New York. Following designers such as Dior and Chanel and fashion icons such as Suzy Parker, Capucine and Bettina, his post-war photography became famous for tracing the return of elegance to the catwalks. The Rome exhibition presents both colour and black and white shots of the London, Paris and New York fashion beat, a testimony to his long career working for Vogue in these three cities.
Clarke is believed to have had great affection for both Italy and the eternal city. Not only did he photograph Sophia Loren and Maria Callas but he came regularly to shoot and mount sets in Romes squares and he once set up his camera in the house of artist Cy Twombly. Most of his work was bequeathed to the Museum of Fashion in Paris, which has collaborated on this exhibition.
American Academy in Rome, Via Angelo Masina 5, tel. 0658461, www.aarome.org. Tues-Sat 16.00-19.00.
lThe Japanese Cultural Institute is hosting an exhibition of work by the Japanese woodblock printmaker Shiko Munakata (1903-1975), 3 Nov-27 Jan 2007. The artist won the gran premio internazionale for printmaking at the Venice Biennale in 1956 and this show marks the 50th anniversary of the award as well as celebrating Munakatas relationship with the Ohara Museum in Japan, to which he bequeathed most of his work.
Stressing his philosophy of emphasising the material and its inherent beauty, Munakata once said that the nature of the woodcut is such that even a mistake in its carving will not prevent it from its true materialisation. The artist referred to his prints as itaga (ita referring to the woodblock) rather than hanga (han referring to the process of printing).
All the prints on show in Rome come from the Ohara Museum, which was established in the 1930s by well-known Japanese art collector Magosaburo Ohara, a keen supporter of the movement for popular arts in Japan and a friend of Munakata.
Japanese Cultural Institute, Via Antonio Gramsci 74, tel. 063224754, www.jfroma.it. Mon-Fri 09.00-12.30, 13.30-18.30 (Weds until 17.30). Sat 09.30-13.00.
lThe Saint-Louis de France Cultural Centre continues its eclectic programme aimed at all age groups with a papier-mch workshop entitled Ateliers Enfants-le thtre enchant for children aged 7-10 years on 25 Nov from 10.30-12.00.
The popular cinema cycle continues with the 1970 French detective film Dernier Domicile Connu (Last Known Address) by Jos Giovanni, starring Lino Ventura, Marlne Jobert, Paul Crauchet and Michel Constantin, 27 Nov at 17.00, 21.00.
There will be a violin, cello and viola concert by the Zagreb Quartet on 29 Nov at 21.00. The programme features works by Mozart, Franck, Schubert and Shostakovich. This concert is in collaboration with the embassy of the Republic of Croatia to the Holy See.
Saint-Louis de France Cultural Centre, Largo Toniolo 20/22, tel. 066802629, www.saintlouisdefrance.it.
lOn 30 Nov scholars at the German Academy open their studios to present their latest works in video art, painting, architecture, literature and music. The presentation is followed by an exhibition in the gallery space, 1-12 Dec.
Curated by Cecilia Canziani, the exhibition illustrates experiences and impressions gathered by the artists during their time in Rome. Contributors include Iris Dupper (landscape architect), Andreas Maier (writer) and Oliver Schneller (composer). The Cento Correnti installation by Iris Dupper and Oliver Schneller is still visible in front of the villa.
German Academy, Largo di Villa Massimo 1-2, tel. 0644259340, www.villamassimo.de. Mon-Thurs 09.00-13.00, 14.00-17.00, Fri 09.00-13.00.
lThe Swiss Institute is bringing together young Swiss artists in an event entitled Giovani Artisti Svizzeri a Roma, 13-14 Dec.
During the two days it will be possible to see the work of resident members of the institute as well as visit the 2006-2007 scholars studios. On 13 Dec at 18.00 there will also be a workshop for the exchange of ideas between Rome-based artists, gallery owners and representatives of organisations working with the institute in Rome.
Swiss Institute, Villa Maraini, Via Ludovisi 48, tel. 064814234, www.istitutosvizzero.it, Mon-Sat 11.00-13.00, 15.00-19.00.
lThe exhibition Poco grano, molti frutti. 50 anni di archeologia ad Alba Fucens is dedicated to the ancient Roman city founded in 304 BC and excavated thanks to a Belgian project headed by director of the Belgian Academy, Fernand De Visscher, 1 Nov-10 Dec.
Alba Fucens lies at the foot of Monte Velino a few kilometres north of Avezzano in the Abruzzo region of Italy. Through rich documentation and special effects, the exhibition seeks to reconstruct the ancient Roman city in order to shed new light on the life of its inhabitants.
Belgian Academy, Via Omero, tel. 063201889, www.academiabelgica.it. 10.00-13.00, 15.00-19.00. Mon closed.