Travel Me casa, su casa: the breakfast room

A creative, globe-trotting couple have put their stamp on a pair of 1920s buildings in Barrio Italia. By Sorrel Moseley-Williams

A Millennium miss

THE visionaries and dreamers devising landmark buildings and other expensive projects to celebrate the Millennium don't actually need to bother about the year 2000, the Millennium Commission has ruled, writes Catherine Pepinster.

The blind leading the blind

There's a fountain, there's a bridge, there's even a bar. But there isn't any light. Judith Palmer joins disorientated visitors feeling their way through the South Bank's installation, Dialogue in the Dark

The sheer joy of Jibby's new life

Monique Roffey talks to a Surrey housewife turned salon hostess and model

EXHIBITIONS:The days of whine and poses

As galleries gear up for another year of safe, sponsored shows, a sceptic wonders whatever happened to the artist as rebel

EXHIBITIONS / Critics Choice

Dog Woman 1994

Design for futurist Britain will crown Year 2000 show

A BRITAIN of the future, simulated by computers, is likely to be the central feature of the Millennium Exhibition being planned to mark the year 2000.

ART MARKET / An allegory of Russia's broken dreams: An exhibition of Russian and Ukrainian prints, produced during the tumultuous years 1987-1992, expresses the hopes and fears of artists in a time of political change. Geraldine Norman reports

THE OPENING of Russia to the West did not turn Russians into Westerners. Their experience of life, their education and their dreams had little in common with ours. That is what makes a forthcoming exhibition of Russian and Ukrainian prints and artists' books so fascinating. Opening at the Bankside Gallery on 8 September, it gives an insight into the hopes and fears of artists as a new political era dawns.

Where shall we meet?: Tubino Bar, Exhibition Road

If you get that hollow sinking feeling at the thought of Rachmaninov's Piano Concerto No 3 you may need to fortify yourself with sausage, bacon, egg and chips (pounds 3.40, or pounds 2.90 before noon) and a bottle of beer (pounds 2) at one of the red gingham tables outside the Tubino Bar before the long hike to the Proms. Handy for the dinosaurs and easy to find from South Kensington Tube, the cafe lets you stage your own Ugliest Family in Christendom pageant as the hideously Bermuda-shorted world trudges by. Wine pounds 1.80 a glass, a dry but sustaining Parma ham and cheese on ciabatta is pounds 2.50 plus various Italian dishes. 7am-10pm Mon-Fri, 7am-5pm Sats.

CENTREFOLD / Welcome to the pleasure phone: Art gallery mounts call-box sex card exhibition

'Naughty Schoolgirl Seeks Punishment - Tel. 402 7552.'

EXHIBITIONS / Mann's family and other animals: All human life isn't there in the Barbican Gallery's dark new show of family photography

CURRENT TRENDS favour photographic exhibitions, and some of the best of have been presented at the Barbican Art Gallery. After Bruce Bernard's excellent 'All Human Life' comes 'Who's Looking at the Family?' - another large show but with a markedly different flavour.

Vandals slash exhibition paintings

AN ARTIST who took her husband to see an exhibition which included her work found that her painting had been ripped to shreds. What surprised her most was that it was still hanging, along with 11 other slashed paintings, and the gallery space was still open to the public.

PHOTOGRAPHS / The great, and great unknown: Of 15 million or so photographs in the Hulton Deutsch collection, 500 were chosen to represent 'All Human Life'. Andrew Palmer marvels

If you will call an exhibition 'All Human Life', you can expect some raised eyebrows. All human life? Really? All that, and it fits into the Barbican too? Well, bless my soul, this curator must have some pretty high-falutin' opinions.

Ben Nicholson exhibition

Staff at the Tate Gallery in London hanging Painted Relief 1939, by Ben Nicholson, in preparation for tomorrow's opening of an exhibition of works by the artist, who died in 1982.

Visual arts lobby angered by Edinburgh decision: Festival director under fire after major exhibitions omitted from brochure

DISHARMONY threatened the run-up to the Edinburgh Festival yesterday as the festival's director was accused of ignoring the visual arts in his brochure. The exclusion means the National Museums and National Galleries of Scotland have had to use thousands of pounds of taxpayers' money to advertise their flagship exhibition separately.
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