What’s on in Germany: October 7 – 13

This Week's Highlights: Urban art in Berlin, books take centre stage in Frankfurt, and a Marc Chagall exhibition opens in Hamburg.

What's on in Germany: October 7 - 13



Victor Ash Exhibition Opening

There’s an enormous astronaut on the side of a building at Kotbusser Tor. Perhaps you’ve spotted it while riding the U1. The supersized spaceman was created by Portuguese artist Victor Ash in 2007. Three years later, the artist is getting his very own solo exhibition. Stop by Pavilion Saturday for more of his larger than life graphics.

Price: Free

Location: Pavilion, Gerichtstrasse 23

Times: Saturday, October 9, 6pm; through October 23

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Stroke.03 Urban Art Fair

There are a lot of art events taking place in Berlin this week. If you’re more into skateboarding than still lifes, check this one out. Art with an urban edge is its focus. See the work of street artists, contemporary pop artists, and digital artists from across Europe in one of Berlin’s historic postal freight depots.

Price: €8

Location: Station-Berlin, Luckenwalder Strasse 4-6

Times: Thursday, October 7, 6-11pm (opening); Friday, October 8 and Saturday, October 9, 1-11pm; Sunday, October 10, 1-6pm

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Videoart at Midnight – Chris Newman & Miss Moth

The outrageous English interdisciplinary artist Chris Newman has translated Russian poetry and played in a chamber punk rock band. He’s a singer, a composer, a painter, and a sculptor. On Friday night, this Renaissance man joins pianist Bill Dietz and guitarist Seth Josel to sing songs dating as far back as 1983 while existential videos project on the big screen.

Price: Free

Location: Babylon, Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Times: Friday, October 8, midnight

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Sidsel Endresen and Hakon Kornstad

“Norway Reloaded” is the theme of this year’s Equinox Music Festival, and the festival producers have done a nice job rounding up some of the fjord-fringed country’s finest players. Jazz singer Sidsel Endresen and saxophonist Hakon Kornstad rendezvous at Herz-Jesu Kirche, Wednesday.

Price: €23

Location: Herz-Jesu Kirche, Zülpicher Platz

Times: Wednesdday, October 13, 8pm

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Frankfurt Book Fair

Got a Kindle? What about an iPad? Bring them to this year’s Frankfurt Book Fair. Digitisation in publishing is one of the event’s main topics. But don’t fret if you’re still a sucker for the printed page, the festival program is packed with an assortment of events for literary lovers.

Price: €14 (Day Ticket); €20 (Weekend Ticket)

Location: Messegelaende, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Times: Saturday, October 9, 9am-6:30pm; Sunday, October 10, 9am-5:30pm

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Marc Chagall – Life Lines

Marc Chagall included a lot of personal experiences in his art. Canvases like “The Lovers,” “The Rabbi,” and “Crucifixion,” reveal the artist’s sentiments on things like his wife and his religion. For the first time, an extraordinary collection of works from the Israel Museum is on display in Germany. Spend some time among these exquisite paintings and drawings this weekend when this major exhibition opens at Hamburg’s Bucerius Kunst Forum.

Price: €8

Location: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Rathausmarkt 2

Times: Daily 11am-7pm; Thursdays 11am-9pm; Friday, October 8 – January 16

Phone: 040 36 09 960

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The Little Ring

Is there a little opera lover blossoming at your house? The Opera Loft has condensed Wagner’s 16-hour Ring cycle into an 80-minute kid-friendly version for children over seven. The wee ones will be enchanted by Rhinemaidens, dragons, and valkyries.

Price: €14.25 (Children), €15.90 (Adults)

Location: Das Neue Opernloft, Fuhlentwiete 7

Times: Saturday, October 9, 3pm

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Octoberfest 1810-2010

You’ve boozed with the best of them. Broke out the lederhosen every fall, and raised that beer mug high in the air. Of course you know that this year marks Octoberfest’s 200th anniversary. But did you know this beloved beer chugging event began as a horse race in honour of the Bavarian crown prince’s marriage? Find out more about Germany’s most famous annual event at the Munich City Museum.

Price: €6

Location: Münchner Stadtmuseum, St.-Jakobs-Platz 1

Times: Tuesday, 10am-9pm; Wednesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; through October 31

Phone: 089 233 22370

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Funeral Train – Photography by Paul Fusco

Robert Kennedy was assassinated in 1968, leaving a nation already in mourning over the deaths of President John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King, Jr., stunned. Photojournalist Paul Fusco hopped on board the “funeral train,” which carried Bobby’s body from New York to Washington D.C., and captured the scenery along the way. An exhibition of Fusco’s photographs begins Friday at Amerika Haus in Munich.

Price: Free

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Friday, October 8, 7pm (Opening); Monday – Friday, 12-5pm; Wednesday, 12-8pm; Monday, October 11 – December 17 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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‘Pochsy’s Lips’ at the BeMe Theatre

This month Munich’s professional English-language theatre premieres a black comedy featuring award-winning Canadian writer and performer Karen Hines, who portrays a mercury-poisoned factory worker in a satire that is part stand-up, part neo-cabaret. The one-woman show is a biting postmodern parody of consumer culture gone mad.

Price: €18/€12 Students/€15 groups of 10 or more

Location: EINSTEIN Kulturzentrum, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Tuesday, October 12, 8:30pm (through October 30)

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Dr. Lonnie Smith Trio

No one tickles the Hammond B3 quite like Dr. Lonnie Smith. Guitarist Jonathan Kreisberg and drummer Jamire Williams join the turbaned maestro Wednesday night at the Night Club Bar at Munich’s Bayerischer Hof Hotel.

Price: €32

Location: Bayerischer Hof, Night Club Bar,

Times: Wednesday, October 13, 9pm

Phone: 089 2120 999

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Great Little Artists

Stuttgart kindergarteners are making art, thanks to a partnership between the Stuttgart Art Museum and the Robert Bosch Foundation. The museum’s latest exhibition “Great Little Artists” showcases the fruits of the inaugural project. See the finger paintings and colourful collages of 3 to 6-year-olds through the end of the month.

Price: €5; €11 (Family)

Location: Kunstmuseum Stuttgart, Kleiner Schlossplatz 1

Times: Tuesday – Sunday, 10am-6pm; Wednesday and Friday, 10am-9pm; through October 31

Phone: 0711 216 21 88

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

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However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.