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Venice

Her father's tragic death aboard the Titanic left Peggy Guggenheim with a fortune, a large part of which went towards satisfying her passion for collecting contemporary art. She eventually settled in in the Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, where she created a "museum-home" for her collection. In the year of her birth centenary, the exhibition "Peggy Guggenheim: A Centennial Celebration" traces the life of this art patron, who died in 1979. It features portraits, photographs, personal memorabilia and a selection of her guest books, containing poems and sketches from such luminaries as Cecil Beaton, Alberto Giacometti, Man Ray and Jean Cocteau. Also displayed are works from Guggenheim's astonishing collection, including pieces by Francis Bacon, Joan Mir and Piet Mondrian. A parallel show, "Three Collectors", features a dazzling array of modern art from the collections of Peggy and Solomon Guggenheim and Gianni Mattioli.

Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Palazzo Venier dei Leoni, 701 Dorsoduro, 30123 , Italy (00 39 041 520 6288) 30 Sept-10 Jan, L12,000/conc L8,000

Frankfurt

Bibliophiles from around the world will soon converge on Frankfurt for its 50th annual Book Fair, an occasion marked by the 50 large-scale photographic panels from its history hung around the Congress Centre. As well as the usual talks, special events and national focuses, a bigger- than-ever space will be allocated to the growing field of electronic media.

Congress Centre, 1 Ludwig Erhard Anlage, 60001 Frankfurt, Germany (00 49 69 21020) open to the public 10-11 Oct, DM12

Paris

Where better to celebrate the achievements of one of the great "architectural" clothes designers, Issey Miyake (above), than in the Cartier Foundation building designed by the architect Jean Nouvel in 1994? "Issey Miyake Making Things" has the designer using the building like a theatre, exploring ways of hanging and presenting clothes to reveal subtle connections between creations and context: in one room, a jumping mobile made from 25 pieces of clothing is set in motion when anyone walks by. To further the exploration of links between clothes design and artistic creation, Miyake has collaborated with four artists to produce a show that promises to be great fun as well as informative.

Fondation Cartier pour l'Art Contemporain, 261 bd Raspail, 75014 Paris, France (00 33 142 185650) 13 Oct-17 Jan, FF30/conc FF20

Charleston

Each autumn, the Charleston Preservation Society invites you to make the most of those languid, Deep South evenings by taking candlelit tours of the area's houses. More than 175 houses and gardens are involved in the programme, which takes place from 8pm-10pm each night.

Charleston, South Carolina, USA (00 1 803 722 4630) to 26 Oct

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