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What's on and what's exciting in the theatres, cinemas and exhibitions spaces of the German-speaking world.


What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

Exhibitions | Film | Opera | Theatre


"Andreas Gursky". Works of the star photographer at the Haus der Kunst in Munich, until May 13, 2007.

"Op Art". A major show of works by 50 Op Art artists from the 1960s. At the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt until May 20, 2007.

"Bali". Works by Turner Prize winning photographer Wolfgang Tillmans at the kestnergesellschaft in Hanover. Until May 6, 2007.

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

"Gespräche ohne Worte". The exhibition shows a selection of erotic works by philosopher, writer and artist Pierre Klossowski. 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.

"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.

"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.


"Journey to the Moon". William Kentridge's homage to silent film pioneer Georges Melies, at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin until June 6.

"Don". India, 2006. Police drama by Farhan Akhtar. Police commissioner Desilva uses every weapon at his disposal in his fight with an international drug cartel based in Kuala Lumpur.

"La Vie en Rose". France, 2007. Musical drama by Olivier Dahan. As a young girl she landed on the street in Paris' disreputable Belleville district, yet Edith Piaf became a star in the glittering world of music from Paris to New York. Her life was a battle for love, for passion, recognition and life itself.

"Babooska". Austria / Italy, 2005. Documentary by Tizza Covi and Rainer Frimmel. Episodes of the daily fight for existence of the young circus artist Babooska, who travels through Italy with her family's circus.

"Yes I Am!" Germany, 2006. Documentary by Sven Halfar. Musicians D-Flamme, Mamadee and Adé meet after Alberto Adriano, a black resident of Dessau, is assaulted and killed by three youths in a park. The documentary tells of the "Brothers Keepers" band project and their musical tour of German schools.

"Je vous trouve très beau". France, 2005. Drama by Isabelle Mergault. Ayme's wife has died of a shock she received from a defective milking machine. But he is less hit by her death than by all the work on the farm - He can't do it all alone.

"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.

"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.


"The Magic Flute" by Mozart. Directed by Martin Kusej and Conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt at the Opernhaus Zurich.

"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.


"Mala Zementenbaum", co-written by maverick actor Thomas Lawinky and artistic director Armin Petras, dealing with Lawinky's Stasi past. At Berlin's Maxim Gorki Theater.

"Spuren der Verirrten" (traces of the lost) by Peter Handke. Directed by Claus Peymann at the Berliner Ensemble 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. - let's talk european