What’s on in Germany: March 24 – 30

This week's highlights: Land art in Berlin, Lithuanian film in Frankfurt, and Munich's Philharmonic Choir sings Mozart's Requiem to raise money for Japan.

What's on in Germany: March 24 - 30
Land art! Photo: VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2011



Land Art

Land art is nature boy’s street art – art taken off the canvas and into the field to merge with the landscape. The movement emerged in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s, when its most famous piece “Spiral Jetty” was created by Robert Smithson on the shore of Utah’s Great Salt Lake. A new exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof includes works by Richard Long, Joseph Beuys, and Smithson himself.

Price: €12

Location: Hamburger Bahnhof, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-8pm, Sunday, 11am-6pm; Saturday, March 26 – January 15, 2012

Phone: 030 3978 3411

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Michelangelo Antonioni

Italian director Michelangelo Antonioni is a cinematic icon. Blow Up (1966), one of his most famous films, screens at The Establishment, Thursday night, kicking off a three-week series that also includes Zabriskie Point (1970) and The Passenger (1975). Shown in English with German subtitles, this three flick string offers an intimate encounter with one of the big screen big guys.

Price: Free

Location: The Establishment, Reichenberger Strasse 133

Times: Thursday, March 24, 9:30pm


Johnny Chang, Luke Munn, Robin Hayward, and Morten J. Olson

The back corner of a Kreuzberg courtyard becomes a stage for some rather interesting music Friday night. Johnny Change and Luke Munn play bowed and wind-activated materials along with “found urban sonic recordings in disguise.” Then Robin Hayward merges the pulsing sounds of his microtonal tuba with the vibrations of Morten J. Olson’s rotating bass drum. Intrigued? Step quietly through the halls then settle in among the cobblestones.

Price: Free

Location: Basso, Köpenicker Strasse 187, Courtyard, Back Corner

Times: Friday, March 25, 10pm

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Women Among the Horses – My Lovely White Dog Dance Company

French choreographer Nathalie Larquet’s tale of loss and survival begins at the end of an 111 year journey. A storyline based on the perseverance of five women, their past, and the reality of their new existence makes for a powerful evening of drama and myth.

Price: €15

Location: Arkadas Theater – Bühne der Kulturen, Platenstrasse 32

Times: Thursday, March 24 – Saturday, March 26, 8pm

Phone: 0221 955 9510

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Frieder Schumacher – Between Reality

The Museum Zündorfer’s ancient tower became a museum in the 1970s. And it’s one of the city’s coolest spaces to see art. Stop by Sunday afternoon for the opening of an exhibition of Cologne photographer Frieder Schumacher’s shots of South Korea and New Zealand.

Price: Free

Location: Museum Zündorfer Wehrturm, Hauptstrasse 181

Times: Sunday, March 27, 3pm (Opening); Wednesday, 3-6pm, Saturday, 3-6pm, Sunday, 2-6pm; through April 17 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 02203 57 57 609

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Lichter Film Festival

Among works by young German filmmakers, this year’s Lichter Film Festival features cinema from Lithuania. View a diverse program of movies from the former Soviet state including Jonas Mekas’ 1971 work Reminiscences of a Journey to Lithuania. Go early and visit the festival kitchen where a Morrocan feast and Japanese bento box are a couple of the weekend’s culinary highlights.

Price: €7

Location: Festival Centre, Grosse Eschenheimer Strasse 20

Times: Thursday, March 24 – Sunday, March 27

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Mojca Erdmann

At age six, she started singing in the children’s chorus at the Hamburg State Opera and she never looked back. One of Germany’s most celebrated sopranos, Mojca Erdmann graces the stage at Frankfurt’s Old Opera House, Wednesday night where she’ll charm the audience with works by Mozart, Debussy, and more.

Price: €22-58

Location: Alte Oper Frankfurt, Opernplatz 1

Times: Wednesday, March 30, 8pm

Tickets: 069 1340 400

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Thomas Straub

Materials like wood, steel, and gold are frequently featured in the elegant work of Black Forest-born artist Thomas Straub. For his last solo show at the Hamburg gallery Tinderbox, he used neon lights to create a site-specific installation inspired by dawn. See what he’s churned up for his next exhibition when it opens Friday night.

Price: Free

Location: Tinderbox Contemporary Art, Billwerder Neuer Deich 72

Times: Friday, March 25 (Opening); Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm, Saturday, 11am-3pm; through April 30 (Regular Hours)

Phone: 040 52 59 93 81

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Munich Music for Japan – Mozart’s Requiem

One of the most passionate works ever composed for choir, Mozart’s Requiem is something everyone should see live at least once. If you’re in Munich Saturday, head to Theatinerkirche where the Philharmonic Choir of Munich performs the masterpiece in honour of Japan. The concert is free, but empty your pockets at the door because all donations go to helping the earthquakes littlest victims, the children.

Price: Donation

Location: Theatinerkirche, Odeonplatz

Times: Saturday, March 26, 11am

Phone: 089 854 48 46

More Information: www.philchor .net


Olaf Nicolai – Escalier Du Chant

Nature, music, the body, time and space are all things German artist Olaf Nicolai considers when making art. For his latest work, he combined 12 songs written during each month in 2010 to create a sound installation for the Pinakothek der Moderne’s sweeping staircase. Go Sunday to hear the stairs sing.

Price: €1

Location: PInakothek der Moderne, Barer Strasse 40

Times: Sunday, March 27, 12-6pm

Phone: 089 23805 360

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“The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” Improve your English diction this weekend at Munich’s Amerika Haus where the American Drama Group Europe stages the George Bernard Shaw classic. You’ll be singing like Eliza Doolittle all week long.

Price: €20

Location: Amerika Haus, Karolinenplatz 3

Times: Thursday, March 24, 7:30pm; Friday, March 25, 11am and 7:30pm; Saturday, March 26, 7:30pm

Phone: 089 55 25 370

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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.