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What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

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"insideout". Choreographic installation by Sasha Waltz. Radialsystem V, Berlin. November 22 - December 3.

"Don Quixote". Ballet by Marius Petipas, choreographed by Heinz Spoerli. At the Opernhaus Zurich.


"Neo Rauch: New Roles" a major retrospective at the Kunstmuseum Wolfsburg until March, 2007

"Anonymous". At the exhibition in the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt until January 14, 2007. Labels identifying works and artists have been completely dispensed with.

"Picasso and the Theatre". At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, until January 21, 2007.

"Leonardo. The Madonna of the Carnation". At the Alte Pinakothek in Munich until December 3, 2006. The "Madonna of the carnation" is an impressive example of the early work of Leonardo da Vinci and the only one by the artist in Germany.

The Bode Museum has reopened its doors in Berlin. The museum houses the sculptural treasures of the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation. Neil MacGregor, director of the British Museum, writes that here Europe can behold its aesthetic, religious, intellectual and political history for the first time in three-dimensional form.

"Tödliche Medizin: Rassenwahn im Nationalsozialismus" (deadly medicine: race delusions under National Socialism). A guest exhibition by the Washington Holocaust Memorial Museum at the Deutsches Hygiene Museum in Dresden, until June 24, 2007.

"The Blue Rider in the 21st Century". Juxtaposing works by Blue Rider artists Franz Marc, August Macke, Wassily Kandinsky and Alexei Jawlensky with contemporary artists Franz Ackermann, Thomas Demand, Olafur Eliasson and Katharina Grosse. At the Lenbachhaus in Munich.

"Heimat und Exil" (Home and exile) looks at the mass emigration of Jews from Germany and their assimilation into neighbouring countries. At the Jewish Museum in Berlin until April 9, 2007. It then travels to Bonn and Leipzig.

Plus Rebecca Horn. Her first major retrospective (1964 to 2006) since 1994 with installations, drawings, sculptures and films. Until January 15, 2007.

"I like America." Paintings, film and photographs investigate the German love for the Wild West at the Frankfurter Kunsthalle, until January 7, 2007.

"From Monet to Mondrian. Modern Masterpieces from Dresden's Private Collections in the first half of the 20th century". At the Palais Brühlsche Terrasse in Dresden until January 14, 2007.

"The Guggenheim Collection". At the Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland in Bonn, until January 7, 2007.

The first large solo exhibition of The Atlas Group features an archive of found and produced photographic, audiovisual, and written documents of everyday life in Lebanon. Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin until January 7.

A retrospective of Cuban-American artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres on the 10th anniversary of his death. Aesthetically polished and socially provocative works using minimalist strategies combined with personal, social and political meaning. Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin until January 9.

"Andreas Slominski. The Roter Sand Lighthouse and a Stroke of Luck". Andreas Slominski has made an extraordinary contribution to contemporary art, and the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt is staging the largest museum exhibition of his works to date. Until January 28, 2007.

"Picasso – Painting against time". With almost 200 pieces from some 60 lenders, including paintings, drawings, prints and sculptures, document Picasso's specific working processes and the uniqueness of the style in his late art. At the Albertina in Vienna, until January 7, 2007.

"Reiner Leist: Window". For more than ten years, Reiner Leist has photographed New York from an office window on 8th Avenue with a 19th century plate camera. At the Museum für Fotografie in Berlin, until January 7, 2007.

"Caravaggio". At the museum kunst palast in Düsseldorf, until January 7, 2007.

Two exhibitions have opened on the on the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, in Berlin and Magdeburg, until December 10, 2006.

"The Green Vault".The Saxon royal treasures have moved back to their original home in Dresden's Royal Palace. Permanent exhibition.

"Entry". A look into the future of humanity at Essen's Zeche Zollverein, in Essen, until December 3, 2006.

The German Historical Museum has opened its new permanent exhibit in Berlin.

"Mythos Troja." At the Antikensammlung, Munich, until May 31, 2007.


"New Crowned Hope". All-encompassing Mozart festival with film, architecture, visual arts, music, theatre and dance, conceived and directed by opera director Peter Sellars. In various venues in Vienna until December 13.


"Eden". Germany / Switzerland, 2006. Culinary romance by Michael Hofmann. Eden, a married woman, succumbs to the "cucina erotica" of the eccentric master chef Gregor.

"Goya's Ghosts". (Spain / USA / France, 2006). Drama by Milos Forman. Spain, 1792. Ines, the young muse of the famous court painter Francisco de Goya, is brought in front of the Inquisition and accused of hereticism.

"Malerei heute" (painting today). Germany, 2005. Documentary by Stefan Hayn. In summer 1998, Stefan Hayn started painting water colours of advertising billboards in Berlin. Each painting was conceived as one "take" in a documentary film protocolling the changes in the city.

"Pingpong". Germany, 2006. Drama by Matthias Luthardt. 16-year-old Paul drops in on his relatives unanounced. His father died recently, and he erupts into the seemingly happy microcosm in search of a secure world.

"Vom Schaukeln der Dinge" (How things swing). Germany, 2005. Documentary by Beatrix Schwehm. Actor, cabarettist and author Rudolf Hähn is at the highpoint of his career, before he is diagnosed with Morbus Parkinson. Now he is in for encounters of an entirely different kind.

"Der letzte Zug" (The Last Train). Germany / Czech Republic, 2006. Holocaust drama by Joseph Vilsmaier. 1943. Over 70,000 Jews have already been deported from Berlin. In April, a train with 688 jews rolls from platform 17 in Grunewald station towards Auschwitz. The journey deathwards lasts six days.

"Pact of Silence - The Second Life of Erich Priebke". Germany / Argentina, 2006. Documentary by Carlos Echeverria. In the middle of the 20th century, SS Captain Erich Priebke went underground in the small Argentinian town of Bariloche. Among his crimes was the execution of 335 civilians in Fosse Ardeatine in Italy on March 24, 1944. 50 years later his true identity was discovered.

"Warchild". Germany, 2005. Drama by Christian Wagner. Senda, a young mother, loses her child in the turmoil of war. But she refuses to shake her belief that Aida is still alive. Many years later she is proved right: her daughter is living with adoptive parents in Germany. Senda is determined to find her child.

"Coffee Beans for a life". Germany, 2005. Documentary by Helga Hirsch. The award-winning documentary describes the trip of an old Polish Jew back to his home town in Poland, and tells his children for the first time about his fight for survival during the Nazi era.

"Offset". Germany, 2006. Love story by Didi Danquart. Bucharest, 2005. The interpreter Brindusa, who works as secretary to the printer Iorga, meets the young German engineer Stefan...

"Play your own thing - The Story of Jazz in Europe". Germany, 2006. Documentary by Julian Benedikt.

"Warum halb vier?" (Why 3:30?). Germany, 2006. Documentary by Lars Pape. Saturday at 3.30 pm. A stadium, and millions of supporters. Why is football more than just a game for so many people?

"Wir leben im 21. Jahrhundert" (We're living in the 21st century). Germany, 2004. Coming of age drama by Claudia Indenhock. Pascal, Jasmin and Patrick live in Cologne. They're 20 and they've got a problem.

"Zwischen den Welten" (Between worlds). Switzerland, 2006. Documentary by Yusuf Yesilöz. Writer and filmmaker Yusuf Yesilöz tells the life story of Güli Dogan, now 35, who immigrated to Switzerland from Turkey when she was 9.

"Das Leben, das ich immer wollte" (The life I always wanted). Italy / Germany, 2004. Romantic drama by Giuseppe Piccioni. An actor and an actress - his diametrical opposite - fall in love on the set of the film they're shooting.

"Summer '04". Germany, 2006. Psychological drama by Stefan Krohmer. Miriam and her partner Andre spend the summer holidays on the Baltic with their son Nils and his 12-year-old girlfriend. Celebrated in Cannes as the fresh new work of a key figure in the "Nouvelle Vague Allemande."

"Absolute Wilson". Germany / USA, 2006. Documentary by Katharina Otto-Bernstein. The film chronicles the life, times and creativity of Robert Wilson, intimately revealing one of the most controversial, rule-breaking and mysterious artists of our era.


"I Hate Mozart" by Gilles Deleuze fan Bernhard Lang. At the Theater and der Wien in Vienna.

"Germania", opera by Alberto Franchetti staged by Kirsten Harms, the director of the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.

"La Perichole", operetta by Jacques Offenbach, at the Stadttheater St. Gallen.


"Glass House". A new play with lyrics (like a musical, only different) by Katalina Mustatea, composed by Wolf-Christian Ulrich. Sunday, November 12, at the Friends of the Italian Opera in Berlin.

"Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov, directed by Falk Richter. At the Schaubühne in Berlin.

"Ulrike Maria Stuart" by Austrian Nobel Prize winning author Elfriede Jelinek. At the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.

"Karl Marx' Capital, First Volume". Documentary theatre by the Rimini Protokoll theatre group at the Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf.

"Les mains sales" by Jean-Paul Sartre. Directed by Sebastian Baumgarten at the Schauspielhaus in Dusseldorf.

"Liebe ist nur eine Möglichkeit" (love is just one possibility) by Christoph Nußbaumeder, directed by Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne in Berlin.

"Furcht und Hoffnung in Deutschland" (fear and hope in Germany) by Franz Xaver Kroetz. Directed by Jorinde Dröse at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg.

"Väter und Söhne" (Father and Sons) by Ivan Turgenev returns to the stage as a comedy at the Stuttgart Staatstheater under the direction of Friederike Heller. - let's talk european