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What's on

A roundup of cultural highlights

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"Hans Bellmer - Ingenieur des Eros" (Hans Bellmer - Engineer of Eros). The first exhibtion of the works of Hans Bellmer, one of the foremost German expressionists, in the last 25 years. At the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich, until August 27.

"L'Art Nouveau. The Ziersch Endowment". Museum Villa Stuck in Munich, until August 4.

"Bildern vom Vierwaldstättersee". Kunstmuseum Luzern, until October 1.

"Richard Jackson". The first solo show with works by painter Richard Jackson. At the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin, until August 13.

"Leuchtende Bauten: Architektur der Nacht" (Luminous buildings: architecture of the night). At the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, until October 1, 2006.

"Lee Lozano. Win first don't last, win last don't care". Until August 27 at the Kunsthalle Basel.

"Wirklich … wahr. Gabriele Mucchi und die Malerei des Realismus" (Really... true. Gabriele Mucchi and realist painting). Gabriele Mucchi (1899 - 2002) may be seen as one of the foremost Italian painters of the 20th century. Until July 28 at the main building of Greifswald University in Greifswald; August 4 - October 29 at the Vineta Museum in Barth.

"The Conquest of the Street". Looking at representations of the city by the two most significant generations of artists prior to World War One. At the Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, until September 3.

"Fantasia Colonia". Retrospective of the works of artist Jutta Koether. At the koelnischerkunstverein in Cologne until August 13.

"Humanism in China". At the Museum für Moderne Kunst in Frankfurt, until August 27.

"Berlin-Tokyo/Tokyo-Berlin. The Art of Two Cities". Atch opens today in Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie until October 3.

"World Architecture + Sport. - from antique stadiums to modern arenas". At the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich until September 3.

The Dusseldorf show of the works of Martin Kippenberger, who nine years after his death has suddenly become so fashionable. At the K21 gallery in Dusseldorf until September 10.

"Ed Ruscha, Photographer". Exhibition of the entire photographic works of the US Conceptual/Pop Art great from the Sixties to the present day. Kunsthaus Zürich until August 13, 2006.

Dual show of the drawings, films and photographs (1991 - 2006) of Tacita Dean and a revision of the "Sign Painting Project" by Francis Alys. Until September 24, 2006. Schaulager, Basel

"Egypt's Sunken Treasures". With over 2,000 years of finds from the Egyptian Mediterranean. Martin Gropius Bau. in Berlin. Until September 4, 2006.

"mama johnny", exhibition of the work of Jonathan Meese. With a total of around 150 paintings, sculptures, photographic works and installations this show is the first comprehensive display of Jonathan Meese’s work in Germany. At the Deichtorhallen in Hamburg until September 3, 2006.

"Caspar David Friedrich: Inventor of Romanticism". Museum Folkwang Essen, Until August 20.

"Psychoanalysis. Sigmund Freud at 150". On May 6, 2006, Sigmund Freud would have turned 150. With the development of psychoanalysis, he fundamentally changed the way we think about ourselves. Jewish Museum Berlin, until August 27, 2006.

"Mozart. The Enlightenment: An Experiment". The official exhibition in celebration of the Mozart year in the Albertina in Vienna, until September 20.

"Joe Colombo – Inventing the Future". Televisions that retract into the ceiling, pivoting walls with a built-in mini-bar – the works of Italian designer Joe Colombo could have emerged from the set of a contemporary James Bond film. Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein, until September 10, 2006.


"Bayreuther Festspiele". The annual summer rendez-vous with Richard Wagner and all things Wagnerian. At the Festspielhaus in Bayreuth, until August 28.

"Sazlburg Festival". Major summer festival of music, opera and theatre. At a variety of festival venues in Salzburg, until August 31.


"Hui Buh - Das Schlossgespenst" (Hui Buh - The Palace Ghost). Computer animation film by Sebastian Niemann. Adventures of the legendary castle ghost, who has fans of all ages. Hui Buh is up against King Julius the 111th, who wants his castle back.

"Lemming". France 2005. Thriller by director Dominik Moll. Benedicte and Alain are a young couple living in southern France, whose wedded bliss is shattered after the boss' wife enters the scene.

"Vinzent". Germany 2004. Drama by director Ayassi. A mentally delicate character seeks his girlfriend in a strange apartment building, and ends up looking for himself.

"Opernfieber" (Opera fever). Germany / Switzerland 2004. Musical documentary by Katharina Rupp. A musical journey of discovery through the major opera houses of Italy.

"Wie Licht schmeckt" (How light tastes). Germany 2005. Discovery drama by Maurus vom Scheidt. It's Lukas' birthday, and he decides to leave home and have a look at the big city - for three days. At just 14 and alone for the first time, he develops a personal, intense way of experiencing...

"Grbavica". Austria / Bosnia and Herzegovina / Germany / Croatia, 2005. Drama by Jasmila Zbanic. Winner of the Golden Bear at this year's Berlinale film festival the film deals with a woman who was raped in a prisoner-of-war camp, and her daughter who was born of this crime. A film about contemporary Sarajevo.

"Far side of the moon". Canada 2003. Lyrical drama by Canadian star theatre director Robert Lepage, dealing with the conflict between two brothers trying to come to grips with their mother's death, and with Russian cosmonaut Leonov, who confronted with the immensity of space when he left the Soyouz spacecraft.

"Lucy". Germany 2006. Drama by Henner Winckler. Maggy is 18, and has just had a baby. She lives with her mother, between teenage rituals and childcare. When she meets 25-year-old Gordon, a new life starts.

"Offside". Iran 2006. Drama by Jafar Panahi. Who's that strange boy sitting silently at the back of the bus among flag-waving football fans? It's not a boy at all, but a young girl who's disguised herself as a boy to watch Iran play Bahrain in the World Cup qualifications...

"Hotel". Austria / Germany 2006. Drama by Jessica Hausner. The hotel lies deep in a forest, far from the big-city bustle. When Irene starts her work as a receptionist, she is taken by the serenity. But she soon discovers that her predecessor disappered mysteriously, and begins to mistrust the silence...

"Klang der Ewigkeit" (Sound of Eternity). Germany 2005. Entirely without speech, the movie is comprised of 27 short films, based on the structure of J.S. Bach's 27-part B Minor Mass.

"KussKuss" (kiss kiss). Germany / Switzerland, 2005. Romantic comedy by Sören Senn. A film about love, guilt and other misunderstandings.


"Aeneas in Karthago", by composer Joseph Martin Kraus. The penultimate production of director Klaus Zehelein at the end of 15 years at Stuttgart's Staatsoper.

"Der Schwarze Mönch", (The black monk) opera by Philippe Hersant, based on the story by Anton Chekhov. Directed by Tatjana Gürbaca at the Leipzig Opera.


"Klein Eyolf" (Little Eyolf), by Henrik Ibsen. At the Schauspielhaus in Stuttgart.

"Woyzeck". Freely adapted from Georg Büchner's original by American dramatist Neil LaBbute. At the Schauspielhaus in Zurich.

"Tänzerinnen + Drücker. TV-Massaker" The world premiere of Franz Xaver Kroetz' new play at the Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel in Munich. - let's talk european