Audrey Hepburn a Roma

Starting Wednesday, October 26th at the Ara Pacis in Rome will be an exhibition honoring the actress, Audrey Hepburn, and her “three lives” in Rome — that of a mother, an actress and her work as an ambassador for UNICEF. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of arguably one of most famous films, Breakfast at Tiffany’s (for which she was nominated for an Academy Award in 1961 – coincidentally, the award was won that year by Sophia Loren). A portion of the proceeds from the exhibition will be donated to UNICEF and to Italy’s humanitarian mission in Chad in honor of the actress’s charitable work. The exhibition, curated by her son, Luca Dotti (along with Ludovica Damiani, Sciascia Gambaccini, Guido Torlonia and in consultation with Sava Bisazza Terracini), will feature never before seen photographs, video footage and memorabilia.

The actress shot three movies in Rome — Roman Holiday, War and Peace, and The Nun’s Story — as well as spending countless years there with her family, the city and its citizens. The exhibit seeks to capture her everyday life in Rome as well as pictures from the UNICEF archives that document her missions around the world as well as a look at the fashions of the period and her style.  An exclusive video edited by Pier Paolo Verga and produced by Luchino Visconti will examine private and intimate “behind the scenes” moments of the actress.

An exhibition catalog will be published by Mondadori in the coming days, too!

Admission to the museum (Google Maps) is 10 euro (citizens of Rome pay only 9 euro by showing valid ID). 2.50 euro from each ticket will be donated to UNICEF. The Ara Pacis museum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 9:00 am to 7:00 PM — remember, the museum is closed Mondays and the ticket office closes an hour before the museum.  The exhibition runs from 26 October 2011 until 4 December 2011.

FYI: In the Saturday, October 22, 2011 edition of Il Messaggero, there is a wonderful article about the exhibit along with an interview with Luca Dotti and some information about the exhibit.  If you have an iPad/iPhone, you can read the October 22 edition of the paper within the app for $0.99.

NB: Some images from the exhibition can be seen on the museum’s web site (in Italian).