What’s on in Germany: March 5 – 11

This Week's Highlights: 1970s photorealism on display in Berlin, David Byrne takes the stage in Düsseldorf, and Frankfurt celebrates Bauhaus.

What's on in Germany: March 5 - 11
Photo: Ralph Goings at the Deutsche Guggenheim.



Temporare Kunsthalle Artist Talk

Simon Starling’s desert plants and energy-generating motors fill the Temporäre Kunsthalle for the next two weeks. On Wednesday, the artist talks about his work and the stories and histories that they reference and create. It’ll be the perfect time to find out more about that branch he pruned from the Unter den Linden, and the botanical photographs by Karl Blossfeldt, a 19th century German artist famous for his close-up shots of things like fiddleheads and garlic blossoms.

Price: €6

Location: Temporäre Kunsthalle Berlin, Schlossplatz

Times: Wednesday, March 11, 7pm

Phone: 030 20 45 36 50

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Picturing America: Photorealism in the 70s

A silver aluminium Airstream trailer gleams in the desert sun. A mom, her blond hair wrapped in a navy blue bandana, munches on an ice cream cone with her two tawny kids. The photo was probably taken by dad, whose Aviators rest upon the picnic table, but the scene was painted by Robert Bechtle, one of the pioneers of American photorealism, who along with thirteen other artists, make up a new exhibition at the Deutsche Guggenheim, starting Friday.

Price: €4

Location: Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15

Times: Friday – Monday, 10am-8pm, Thursday, 10am-10pm;

March 7 – May 10

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Surface Values – Eemil Karila

The art/workshop space Program is not known for doing ordinary things. In fact the artists whose works are shown on the ground floor of the former Russian Hotel Newa, frequently include strange and fascinating subjects. Take for example Finnish artist Eemil Karila. His first solo exhibition in Berlin opens Thursday, and a former nurse from the Ukraine called Ludmila inhabits a central role. Intrigued?

Price: Free

Location: Program, Invalidenstrasse 115

Times: Opening Thursday, March 5, 7pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 2-7pm; through April 11

Phone: 030 397 870

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Animal Collective

The critics are loving Merriweather Post Pavilion, the noise-pop outfit’s eight studio album. Named after the Frank Gehry-designed, Maryland outdoor music venue, the disc is sort of tribute to one of the band’s favourite places to see a concert. Maybe they’ll name their next album after the Gloria Theater in Cologne where they play Sunday night.

Price: €18

Location: Gloria Theater, Apostelnstrasse 11

Times: Sunday, March 8, 9pm

Phone: 0211 660 630

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David Byrne

The dream team of David Byrne and Brian Eno has reunited after a thirty year break. The Talking Heads icon kicks off his run through Europe Monday night in Düsseldorf, playing songs from the new disc Everything that Happens will Happen Today as well as classics from the 1970s.

Price: €45-60

Location: Tonhalle Düsseldorf, Ehrenhof 1

Times: Monday, March 9, 8pm

Tickets: 0185 570 070 (14 cents/minute)

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Bauhaus Twenty-21 – An Ongoing Legacy

Oh Walter Gropius, you brilliant man. It’s hard to believe ninety years have passed since Gropius founded the Bauhaus. To commemorate this grand anniversary, Frankfurt’s Deutsches Architekturmuseum is unveiling a new exhibition of photographs by Gordon Watkinson. Twelve photos of stunning, timeless buildings, designed by Bauhaus superstars like Mies can der Rohe and Adolf Meyer join images of twelve contemporary structures that perpetuate the Bauhaus aesthetic.

Price: Opening, Free; Regular, €6

Location: Deutsches Architekturmuseum, Schaumainkai 43

Times: Opening Friday, March 6, 7pm; Regular Hours: Tuesday, Thursday – Sunday, 11am-6pm; Wednesday, 11am-8pm; Through April 26

Phone: 069 2123 8844

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Robert Longo – Of Men and Monsters

When artist Robert Longo says “Monsters” he means waves. Giant, thundering ocean surf, rendered in charcoal, and given names like “Hell’s Gate,” “Dragon’s Head,” and “Black Tube.” A selection of these powerful drawings hangs alongside the swirling people of his “Men in the Cities” series, at DK Bank’s new Art Foyer.

Price: Free

Location: DK Bank, Art Foyer, Cityhaus 1

Times: Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-7pm; through May 9

Phone: 069 7447 2386

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Let it Be Art: Harold Clurman’s Life of Passion

Actor Ronald Rand, takes on the legendary theatre director Harold Clurman in this comedic one man show. Watch him impersonate Marlon Brando, Katharine Hepburn, Aaron Copeland, and other stars throughout the course of the performance.

Price: €15-18

Location: Internationales Theater Frankfurt, Hanauer Landstrasse 5-7

Times: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 8pm

Phone: 069 499 0980

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Claude Debussy – Pelléas et Mélisande

Adrian Eröd and Gabriele Rossmanith sing the roles of Pelléas et Mélisande, two of opera’s greatest and most tragic lovers. Based on Maurice Maeterlinck’s symbolist play, it was the only opera Debussy ever completed. Spend a moving evening upon the red velvet seats of the Hamburg State Opera house Friday night, and be enchanted by the French composer’s harrowing score.

Price: €4-83 Euros

Location: Hamburgische Staatsoper, Grosse Theaterstraße 25

Times: Friday, March 6, 7pm

Tickets: 040 35 68 68

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Tropical Butterflies

Two weeks until spring! Get into the spirit this weekend among the hundreds of tropical butterflies that are fluttering around the Munich Botanical Garden’s aquatic greenhouses through the month. You might just see a shimmering, Southeast Asian beauty emerge from its cocoon.

Price: €5; Under 12, Free

Location: Munich Botanical Garden, Menzinger Strasse 65

Times: Daily, 9am-4:30pm; through March 29

Reservations: 089 1786 1316

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Munich International Stamp Fair

The 25th Annual International Stamp Fair kicks off in Munich Thursday as over one hundred fifty specialised dealers, publishing houses, and postal administrations set up their stalls. Add a few gems to that treasured stamp collection of yours. You know you’ve got one.

Price: Free

Location: MOC Munich, Lilienthalallee 40

Times: Thursday, March 5 and Friday, March 6, 10am-6pm; Saturday, March 7, 10am-4pm

Phone: 07141 299 88 24

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