In the first major retrospective of his work since 1967, the Museum of Modern Art takes a look at more than 30 years of work by Jackson Pollock, one of the most influential US painters of the 20th century. Born in Cody, Wyoming, in 1912, Pollock is arguably best known for his classic "drip" paintings of the period 1947-1950, which announced the emergence of Abstract Expressionism. A series of these is on display here, climaxing with three large-scale pieces: Number 32, 1950; One: Number 31, 1950; and Autumn Rhythm, but this exhibition will also showcase Pollock's early totemic images of figures and animals, sculptures, drawings and prints.
The Museum of Modern Art, 11 West 53 St, , USA (00 1 212 708 9400) 1 Nov to 2 Feb 1998. Closed Wednesdays, $9.50/concs $6.50
The Fondation Mazzotta has mounted an exhibition of works by Man Ray (above right), who was born in 1890 in Philadelphia as Emmanuel Radnitzky, before moving to at the age of seven, where he subsequently studied drawing and photography at the Alfred Stieglitz Gallery 291. In 1915, he met Marcel Duchamp and began taking photographs of his canvases. After moving to Paris in 1921, he began to develop his "rayograph" technique, which involved placing objects on sheets of photographic paper then letting the images form in the darkroom. Infused with light, these 700 photographs include beautiful silvery portraits of his famous friends and his partner, the photographer Lee Miller.
Fondazione Mazzotta, Foro Bonaparte 50, Milan, Italy (00 39 0287 8380) to 24 Jan 1999, closed Mondays, L12,000
If you're off to Italy today, you'll be just in time to catch the end of the fifth edition of the sweet feast known as Eurochocolate, which is centred on Perugia, but also given a nod in other European capitals, such as London, Amsterdam and Copenhagen. Head straight for the Eurochocolate Info-Point at Borsa Merci on Via Massini, where you can get all the information about the festival - including a chocolate-smelling programme called the Chocolate Map - as well as tickets for events such as a bonbon-laden cruise on Lake Trasimeno, and the huge open-air breakfast which marks the festival's last day, where thousands of free cups of steaming-hot chocolate are given out.
Eurochocolate Organisation Office, Via Ruggero d'Andreotto 19, 06124 Perugia, Italy (00 39 75 5732670) ends tomorrow
Another event to tickle your tastebuds is the three-day "Trois glorieuses", a festival celebrating the new vintage of Burgundy wines. The first day takes place at the beautiful Chateau Clos de Vougeot, followed by a huge charity sale the next day at the Hospices in Beaune, before the festival culminates in La Paulee, the feast for the end of the grape harvest.
Meursault, France. Information from the local tourist office (00 33 380 2621 30) 14-16 NovReuse content