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What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

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"I'm not the Only One". By Constanza Macras / Dorky Park, at the Prater in Berlin.


"Dan Flavin - Retrospective". Until April 8, 2007, at the Pinakothek der Moderne Kunst in Munich.

"Gespräche ohne Worte". Philosopher, writer and artist Pierre Klossowski started to draw at 67. The exhibition shows a selection of his erotic works. At Museum Ludwig in Cologne, until March 18, 2007.

"Art and Propaganda. Clash of Nations 1930-1945". At the German Historical Museum in Berlin, until April 29, 2007.

"As in a Dream - Odilon Redon". A survey of the French symbolist’s oeuvre with more than 200 drawings, lithographs, and pastels. At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, until April 29, 2007.

"Stefan Heiliger". A retrospective of the furniture designer at the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt, until February 25, 2007.

"Cerith Wyn Evans". Works by the British artist at the Lenbachhaus in Munich. Until February 25, 2007.

"Keep a Cool Head". Retrospective of works by artist Erwin Wurm. At the Museum Moderner Kunst in Vienna. Until February 11, 2007.

"Vor 12.000 Jahren in Anatolien - Die ältesten Monumente der Menschheit" (12,000 years ago in Anatolia – the oldest monuments of humanity). Badesches Landesmuseum Karlsruhe, until June 17, 2007.

"Sprengelprojekt". The world-renowned photographer Thomas Ruff has been given a free hand to show his photographs alongside works he's selected from the museum's collection. At the Sprengel Museum in Hanover, until April 1, 2007.

The town of Guben in Brandenburg has installed the "Plastinarium", a permanent exhibition of the corpses of "the plastinator" Gunther von Hagens.

"Into Me / Out Of Me," curated by Klaus Biesenbach at the Kunst-Werke in Berlin, focussing on the use of the body such artists as Jonathan Meese and Christoph Schlingensief. Until February 28, 2007.

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

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.

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

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

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


"Nach der Hochzeit" (After the Wedding). Denmark / Sweden, 2006. Drama by Susanne Bier. The Dane Jacob works as the director of an orphanage in India. When the orphanage is threatened with closure, Jacob receives an unusual offer.

"Das wilde Leben" (Eight Miles High). Germany 2006. 68er drama by Achim Bornhak. Achim Bornhak. On the wildest days of teenager and sex symbol Uschi Obermaier.

"Vier Minuten" (Four minutes). Germany, 2005. Internationally acclaimed prison pianist drama by Chris Kraus.

"Das Fräulein". Switzerland / Germany, 2006. Drama by Andrea Staka. Ruza came to Switzerland as a young woman in the hopes of a better life. 25 years later she seems to have reached her goal. But all that changes when 22 year old Ana appears on the scene.

"Made in GDR". Germany, 2006. Communist lifestyle documentary by Olaf Kaiser. In search of the protagonists of the "youth film club" show broadcast by East German television in the 70s, the director departs on a journey through political films, forgotten disputes and dreams of yesterday and today.

"Chanson d'Amour" (French title: Quand j'etais chanteur). France, 2006. Crooner drama by Xavier Giannoli. Singer Alain (Gerard Depardieu) and the young real estate agent (Cecile de France) seem like polar opposites. A humourous, touching film about an unusual love affair.

"Dancing with Myself". Germany, 2005. Dance drama by Judith Keil. Reinhard (63), Mario (36) and Laurin (18) look for happiness on Berlin's dance floors.

"Die Unzerbrechlichen" (the unbreakables). Germany, 2006. Documentary by Dominik Wessely. When the glassworks in Theresienthal went bankrupt in April 2001, it seemed as if a 500 year old tradition had come to an end. But then the glassworkers put their heads together, and now glass is once more being produced there.

"Nimm Dir Dein Leben" (take your life). Germany, 2005. Drama by Sabine Michel. Milan, a farm boy, grows up in the village of Dunkelhäuser. His grandmother is a witch, his fater a drunk and his mother is dead. When he meets the Polish girl Ilonka in the woods, he begins to get a feel for what it means to love.

"Acts of Men". Brazil / Germany, 2006. Documentary by Kiko Goifman. In Baixada Fluminese near Rio, Kiko Goifman shot these images of the aftermath of a massacre which took place there in March 2005.

"Brinkmanns Zorn" (Brinkmann's anger). Germany, 2006. Poetic drama by Harald Bergmann. Based on original super8 films and tapes, the film tells the story of German pop poet Rolf Dieter Brinkmann, who died prematurely 30 years ago. See our feature on Brinkmann here.

"Princesas". Spain / France, 2005. Drama by Fernando Leon de Aranoa. Two women in Madrid. Two prostitutes, two princesses.

"Vervolgt" (persued). Germany, 2006. S&M drama by Angelina Maccarone. See our feature "No frills woman" for more.

"Mein Führer - Die wirklich wahrste Wahrheit über Adolf Hitler" (the truly truest truth about Adolf Hitler). Germany 2006. Hitler comedy by Dani Levy. See our feature "Adolf on the couch" for more.

"Lights in the Dusk" (Laitakaupungin Valot). Finland/Germany/France / 2006. Aki Kaurismäki's new drama about a night watchman who is an outcast among outcasts. When a Russian mobster notices him, his fate is sealed.

"The Ugly Duckling and Me". Denmark / 2005. Animated comedy, directed by Michael Hegner and Karsten Kiileric. Loosely based on Hans Christian Andersen's "The Ugly Duckling" tale. Through early January.

"Vitus". Switzerland / 2006. Fredi M. Murer's drama
about a super-talented child prodigy whose parents have big plans for him... until Vitus takes control of his own life. Through early January.

"Flicka". Great Britain / 2006. Drama about a girl and her horse, by Michael Mayer, based on the famous book, "My Friend Flicka," by Mary O'Hara. Through early January.

"Natale a New York". Italy / 2006. Comedy by director Neri Parenti. A young Italian surgeon is forced to spend a crazy four days in the bewitching "Big Apple" of Christmastime.

"Congo River". Belgium / France, 2006. Documentary by Thierry Michel. A fascinating filmic voyage from the mouth of the Congo River to its source.

"The Short Life of José Antonio Gutierrez". Germany, 2006. Documentary by Heidi Specogna. José Antonio Gutierrez was the first US soldier to die in Irak. the film tells the moving story of the Green Card soldier, from his early days as a street urchin in Guatemala to his trip northward and his death as an American hero.

"Der Lebensversicherer" (the insurance salesman). Germany, 2006. Road movie by Bülent Akinci. Burkhard Wagner races to and fro on the autobahn, trying to sell enough life insurance policies to ensure his family a comfortable life. Until he meets Caroline serving in a roadside cafe, that is.

"The Hermitage Dwellers". The Netherlands, 2003. Documentary by Aliona van der Horst. The prize winning film shows the attendants, technicians and curators of St. Petersburg's Hermitage, who have come to be at home in the former palace of Catherine the Great.

"Niceland". Denmark / Iceland / UK / Germany, 2004. Drama by Fridrik Thor Fridriksson. Jed and Chloe are in their early 20s, in love and - mentally disabled.

"Tailor Made Dreams". Documentary by Marco Wilms. A dream comes true for the Indian tailor Issar (66) when Wilms sends him on a trip to visit his long-time customers in Europe.

"The Saddest Music in the World". Canada, 2003. Drama by Guy Maddin. Isabella Rossellini plays Lady Helen Port-Huntley, the brewery queen from Winnipeg. Lady Helen lost her legs in a horrible accident, and now one of her admirers has given her the replacements. She invites the world to a huge melancholy competition in this Canadian backwater. All nations are there to sing the most woeful song.


"Three Penny Opera" by Bertold Brecht and Kurt Weill. Directed by Andre Wilms at the Schauspiel in Frankfurt.

"marienvesper | combattimento di tancredi e clorinda". Double whammy production combining two works by Claudio Monteverdi. Directed by Luk Perceval at the Staatsoper Unter den Linden in Berlin.

"Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg". Romantic opera in three acts by Richard Wagner at the Staatsoper in Hanover.

"Tannhäuser und der Sängerkrieg auf Wartburg". Romantic opera in three acts by Richard Wagner at the Oper Frankfurt.

"Semele". Handel's operatic oratorio at Zurich's Opernhaus, directed by Robert Carsen and conducted by William Christie.

At the last minute, Berlin has delivered a major contribution to Mozart year with Hans Neuenfels's "Magic Flute" at the Komische Oper. The main props are a giant wooden penis and a silvery scrotal sack.

"Simon Boccanegra", by Giuseppe Verdi, directed by Lorenzo Fioroni. The protagonists intone a beguiling lament while zapping through the TV and watching "Tom and Jerry." Next performances in March 2007. At the Deutsche Oper in Berlin.


"Goldberg Variationen" by George Tabori, directed by Hermann Beil. Badischen Staatstheater in Karlsruhe.

"Gotthelm oder Mythos Claus" by Michael Lentz. World premiere at the Schauspiel in Frankfurt.

"Prinz Friedrich von Homburg" by Heinrich von Kleist, at the Maxim Gorki Theater in Berlin.

"Biedermann und die Brandstifter" by Max Frisch. Directed by Christian Weise, at the Schauspielhaus in Zurich.

"Pizzicato" by Viktor Bodos and Andras Vinnais at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

"Die Wellen". A dramatised version of Virginia Woolf's novel "The Waves", directed by Ulrich Rasche at the Schauspielhaus in Stuttgart.

"De Frau". Directing debut of German star artist Jonathan Meese. About an art revolution in 2023 called 'art fiction' – a sub-form of science fiction - which seeks to obliterate the artist and make art into absolute, pure being. At Berlin's Volksbühne theatre.

"Liliom" by of Ferenc Molnar. Directed by chabadiba Karin Henkel at the Schauspiel Stuttgart.

"Das Produkt" (The Product) by Mark Ravenhill, author of the hit production "Shoppen und Ficken" (Shopping and Fucking). Directed by Thomas Ostermeier at the Schaubühne in Berlin.

"Medea" by Euripides. Staged by Barbara Frey and featuring the new goddess Nina Hoss, at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

"Three Sisters" by Anton Chekhov, directed by Falk Richter. At the Schaubühne in Berlin. - let's talk european