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Fernand Léger: <EM>The Divers</EM>, 1943Harvard Art Museums/Fogg MuseumGift of Mr. and Mrs. Josep Lluís SertPhoto: Imaging Department, Courtesy of President and Fellows of Harvard College© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Fernand Léger: The Divers, 1943
Harvard Art Museums/Fogg Museum
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Josep Lluís Sert
Photo: Imaging Department, Courtesy of President and Fellows of Harvard College
© VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2016
Fernand Léger: Painting in Space
COLOGNE  •  Museum Ludwig  •  8 April - 3 July 2016
Painting in Space is the first retrospective that focuses on Fernand Léger’s murals. As an architectural draftsman by training, engaging with built spaces through painting was a major concern for Léger. His quest to extend painting beyond the limits of the easel and integrate it within social space and architecture is illustrated by a number of projects both realized and unrealized.
The point of departure for the exhibition is the mural Les Plongeurs (The Divers, 1942), which Léger painted for the home of the New York architect Wallace K. Harrison. The mural was acquired thirty years ago by Peter and Irene Ludwig especially for the new Museum Ludwig building, which opened in 1986. Since then, the mural has been part of the museum’s collection.
Léger (1881–1955) developed close ties to key figures in modern architecture such as Robert Mallet-Stevens, Le Corbusier, Charlotte Perriand, Wallace K. Harrison, Paul Nelson, André Bruyčre, and Carlos Raul Villanueva. Proclaiming himself the architects’ ideal artistic partner and closest ally, he encouraged them to solicit him to collaborate on their projects by bringing color and life to their white, neutral walls. In this way, he sought to successfully integrate modern architecture into everyday life and generally improve human lives through the social and psychological impact of color.
Fernand Léger: Painting in Space explores the fruits of this dialogue and traces the painter’s development from the early 1920s until his death in 1955. The exhibition reevaluates his painting in the context of architecture and everyday life.

Museum Ludwig Website

Contact: Museum Ludwig
50667 Köln
Tel: (49) 221 221 2616

Agnolo Bronzino (1503–1572: <EM>Portrait of a Lady in Red</EM> (Francesca Salviati?), ca. 1533Oil on poplar, 89.8 x 70.5 cmStädel MuseumFrankfurt am MainGermany • <DIV class="container container-content"> • <DIV class=row> • <DIV class="col-7 artwork-copy"> • <DIV class=details>&nbsp;</DIV></DIV></DIV></DIV>
Agnolo Bronzino (1503–1572: Portrait of a Lady in Red (Francesca Salviati?), ca. 1533
Oil on poplar, 89.8 x 70.5 cm
Städel Museum
Frankfurt am Main
Maniera: Pontormo, Bronzino and Medici Florence
FRANKFURT  •  Städel Museum  •  24 February - 5 June 2016

Spanning the period from the return of the Medici to Florence in 1512 and the initial artistic endeavours of the new generation around Pontormo and Rosso to the 1568 publication of Vasari’s Lives – artist biographies that still bear an influence today –, Maniera is devoted to Florence as the first centre of European Mannerism.

More than 120 precious loans, including paintings as well as drawings and sculptures, will provide an unprecedented overview of a stylistically formative epoch for which the art historiographer Giorgio Vasari coined the colourful term “maniera”. Elegant, cultivated and artificial, but also capricious, extravagant and sometimes even bizarre: the art of Mannerism exhibits many facets. In 1967, the art historian John Shearman summed it up in a catchy formula – “the stylish style”. Its sophisticated grace and creative tenacity make the “maniera” one of the most fascinating phenomena in the art of Italy.

One of the most exquisite works in the Städel holdings – Bronzino’s famous Portrait of a Lady in Red (Francesca Salviati?) (ca. 1533) – formed the point of departure for this ambitious show. The project is being carried out with special support from the museums of Florence, above all the Uffizi, the Galleria dell’Accademia and the Galleria Palatina. Further key loans will come from such prominent museums as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the Paris Louvre, the Prado and the Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid, the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, the Szépművészeti Múzeum in Budapest and the Brera in Milan.

Städel Museum Website

Contact: Städel Museum
Schaumainkai 63
60596 Frankfurt am Main
Tel: (49) 69 60 50 980

Objection!: Protest by Design
WEIL AM RHEIN  •  Vitra Design Museum  •  26 February - 29 May 2016
When spontaneous student protests erupted in Hong Kong on 28 September 2014 as a reaction to proposed changes in the electoral process, the global media was rife with images not only of the protesters themselves, but also the myriad informal structures and designs they had created. Barricades, shelter and sculptures were constructed from everyday objects, the umbrellas that coined the movement’s name were used for protection from police enforcement. The exhibition presents this act of civil disobedience through the objects that were spawned by the movement, illustrating that design not only shapes and defines products, but can function as an agent of change in politics, communication and social innovation.

Vitra Design Museum Website

Contact: Vitra Design Museum
Weil am Rhein
Tel: 49 (0)7621 702 3200

With Different Eyes – The Portrait in Contemporary Photography
COLOGNE  •  Die Photographische Sammlung/SK Stiftung Kultur, Cologne  •  26 February - 1 August 2016
The exhibitions present numerous artistic concepts that shed light on the genre from many different angles. The shows discuss aspects of individuality and identity, social and cultural contexts and social relations. Single photographs, photo sequences, room-filling installations and cinematic works show people in different living environments, examine their presence in the photographic picture and discuss the meaning of the portrait in regard to individualization, characterization, culture and abstraction.?Traditional forms of the picture and innovative approaches together illustrate the diversity of the topic and make visible the change that photography has been subject to over the last centuries, whether in respect of analogue and digital technologies or a broader artistic acceptance. It is with great freedom that the artists presented in the show make use of the means of media available to them and thus create their own cosmos. Being on display next to each other, the individual pictures and the serial portrait, which can be reproduced and distorted so easily, are able to unfold their full potential.

Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur Website

Contact: Die Photographische Sammlung / SK Stiftung Kultur
Im Mediapark 7
50670 Cologne
Tel: (49) 221 888 95-300

Events in Classical Music

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
BERLIN  •  Konzerthaus  •  13 - 15 June 2016
Alessandro Scarlatti, Vivaldi, Pergolesi, J.S. Bach

Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin

Konzerthaus Berlin Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Konzerthaus Berlin
10117 Berlin
Tel: (49) 030 20 30 9 21 01

Wiener Philharmoniker
FRANKFURT  •  Alte Oper  •  13 June 2016

Webern: Passacaglia in D Minor, op 1
Bruckner: Symphony No. 9 in D Minor

Wiener Philharmoniker
Yannick Nézet-Séguin, conductor

Alte Oper Frankfurt Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Alte Oper Frankfurt
60313 Frankfurt
Tel: (49) 69 13 40 0

Events in Dance

Jochen Viehoff <EM>Pina Bausch tanzt ein Solo in Danzón (Ausschnitt)</EM>Fotografie© Jochen Viehoff
Jochen Viehoff
Pina Bausch tanzt ein Solo in Danzón (Ausschnitt)
© Jochen Viehoff
Pina Bausch and the Tanztheater
BONN  •  Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland  •  4 March - 24 July 2016

Pina Bausch (1940–2009) is recognised as a pioneer of modern dance theatre and as one of the most influential choreographers of the twentieth century. The exhibition at the Art and Exhibition Hall is the first to present her work to a wider public. Together with her company, Pina Bausch developed the artistic form of dance theatre which combines theatre, dance and performance art. Her novel approach not only roundly rejected the conventions of classical ballet, but also went far beyond the preoccupations with formal principles that characterise much of modern dance.

The objects, installations, photographs and videos presented are drawn from the unique holdings of the Pina Bausch Archives. At the heart of the exhibition is the reconstruction of the ‘Lichtburg’, the legendary rehearsal space in an old Wuppertal cinema, in which Pina Bausch developed most of her pieces in collaboration with her dancers. Outsiders are rarely admitted to this intimate space. At the Art and Exhibition Hall it becomes a platform for inspiration and exchange. Members of the company will introduce visitors to the quality of dance theatre movements and short sequences of dance moves. Performances, dance workshops, public rehearsals, conversations, films and much more transform the rehearsal studio into a vibrant, experiential space for visitors.

In cooperation with the Pina Bausch Foundation, Wuppertal

Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland Website

Contact: Kunst- und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland
Friedrich-Ebert-Allee 4
Bonn D-53113
Tel: (49 ) (0) 228 91 71

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

<EM>Relics of the Cold War: Photographs by Martin Roemers</EM>
Relics of the Cold War: Photographs by Martin Roemers
Relics of the Cold War: Photographs by Martin Roemers
BERLIN  •  Deutsches Historisches Museum  •  4 March - 14 August 2016

What is left of the Cold War? World Press Photo Award-winning Dutch photographer Martin Roemers documents the structural and topographic relics of the conflict between East and West in Europe. The solo exhibition  comprises photographs taken between 1998 and 2009 in ten European countries: Russia, Poland, the Czech Republic, Ukraine, Latvia and Lithuania from the former Eastern bloc; Great Britain, the Netherlands and Belgium from the West, and finally both parts of once-divided Germany. Martin Roemers' photographs take us to abandoned army bases and bunker complexes, military training areas, technical installations, monitoring facilities and military cemeteries.

The exhibition sets the Relics of the Cold War series in its historical context. Themed sections examine the arms race in the nuclear age, the defensive measures and preparations for the eventuality of a third world war, the role of technology, the rise of the intelligence services and the instrumentalisation of history in public commemoration. They reveal that the Cold War was both a confrontation between two systems and a system in itself: one that has left similar, once functional remains on both sides of the Iron Curtain.

Deutsches Historisches Museum Website

Contact: Zeughaus and Exhibition Hall
Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 20304-0

Welcome to the Anthropocene
MUNICH  •  Deutsches Museum  •  5 December 2014 - 30 September 2016

Today, the human imprint is so deep and pervasive that scientists, policymakers, and society are considering whether human-caused changes are affecting the geological record over the long term – whether we are, in fact, living in a new geological era.

This exhibition, covering 1,400 square metres, is the first major exhibition in the world to look at an issue that will be decisive for the future: the Anthropocene. Through selected topics such as urbanisation, mobility, nature, evolution, food, and human-machine interaction, the exhibition explores the past, present, and future of humanity. Historical artefacts trace the technology that put us on the path to the Anthropocene, while current research presents the challenges we are facing today, as well as possible solutions. Artistic interpretations provide visions for the future and ask us to look at the world in new ways.

The exhibition catalogue is available in German and English.

This special exhibition is a joint project of the Deutsches Museum and the Rachel Carson Center.

Deutsches Museum Website

Contact: Deutsches Museum
Masterpieces of Science and Technology
Museumsinsel 1
80538 Munich
Tel: (49) 89 21 79 333

FRANKFURT  •  Alte Oper  •  27 May 2016

Alte Oper Frankfurt Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Alte Oper Frankfurt
60313 Frankfurt
Tel: (49) 69 13 40 0

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