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Reza Derakshani: <EM>Faith Blue</EM>, 2016Oil on canvas183 x 152 cmPhoto: Reza Derakshani© 2016 Reza Derakshani
Reza Derakshani: Faith Blue, 2016
Oil on canvas
183 x 152 cm
Photo: Reza Derakshani
© 2016 Reza Derakshani
Reza Derakshani
CHEMNITZ  •  Kunstsammlung Chemnitz – Museum Gunzenhauser  •  21 August - 16 October 2016

Reza Derakshani is one of today’s most celebrated living Iranian artists. A young prodigy, Reza Derakshani held his first solo show at the age of 19 at the Ghandriz Art Gallery in Tehran in 1971, going on to exhibit internationally. His work features in many public art collections including the British Museum, London; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art.

 Derakshani works as a painter, writer, musician, book illustrator, graphic designer, calligrapher and performer. The poetic pieces created by this multi-talented artist bear the hallmark of the influences on his work from traditional Iranian and classical western culture.

Reza Derakshani’s impressions garnered from going back and forth between the cultures of East and West are reflected in his painting as well as in his music and poems. Themes that he works on in his large-scale paintings also appear in his literary works. Derakshani’s artistic style developed through his intense engagement with the Iranian painting tradition, the art of American Abstract Expressionism, Neo-expressionism and other kinds of abstract painting. The unique style that emerged from all these various influences ranges from pure abstraction to a combination of abstract and figurative elements that draws on Eastern and Western cultures. The artist combines sentences written in Farsi (Persian) with non-representational painting, and Persian miniatures with abstract expressionism.

Reza Derakshani was born in Sangsar in Iran in 1952 and grew up there. In 1976 he completed his first art degree in Teheran and went on to continue his studies in Pasadena in the US. He emigrated to America in 1983 in the wake of the Islamic Revolution. He lived in New York for 16 years and then in Italy, but he often visited Iran. Today the artist lives and works in Dubai, in the United Arab Republic and in Austin, Texas.

Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz Website

Contact: Kunstsammlungen Chemnitz
Theaterplatz 1
09111 Chemnitz
Tel: (49) (0) 371 488 44 24

Georg Baselitz: <EM>Blocked Painter</EM>, 1966Oil on canvas162 x 130 cmMKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Sammlung Ströher© Georg Baselitz 2016Photo: Archiv Sammlung Ströhe
Georg Baselitz: Blocked Painter, 1966
Oil on canvas
162 x 130 cm
MKM Museum Küppersmühle für Moderne Kunst, Duisburg, Sammlung Ströher
© Georg Baselitz 2016
Photo: Archiv Sammlung Ströhe
Georg Baselitz: The Heroes
FRANKFURT  •  Städel Museum  •  30 June - 23 October 2016

In a monographic exhibition, curated by Städel director Max Hollein, some seventy paintings and works on paper by German artist Georg Baselitz (born 1938) are on view.

In 1965, Georg Baselitz perceived the order of post-war Germany in its state of multifaceted destruction – ideologies and political systems, but also artistic styles were up for discussion. This lack of order was very much in keeping with the artist’s own nature: appropriation through artistic categorization was something that remained foreign to him all his life. From the perspective of his fundamentally sceptical attitude he therefore emphasized the equivocal aspects of his time. His monumental Heroes in their tattered battle dress, figures marked as much by failure as they are by resignation, possess an accordingly contradictory character. The fact that the artist – who was a mere twenty-seven years of age at the time – devoted himself to the subject of “Heroes” or “Types” at all was provocative per se. (Male) heroism and its onetime exponents had been called into question by the war and the post-war period. The fragile and paradoxical character of the “Heroes” with regard to content finds its equivalent in their form. The consistently frontal depiction and central placement of the clearly outlined figure contrast with the wildness of the palette and the vehemence of the painting style. Baselitz thus illustrated a reality unwelcome in the German Federal Republican success story of the economic miracle – and what is more, to do so he availed himself of figuration, a supposedly obsolete form. Yet Baselitz was concerned here with far more than general social issues – he was also reflecting on his own position in relation to society. The result is a forceful assertion of the self and definition of identity that runs contrary to all of the currents of the period in question.

The travelling exhibition’s subsequent venues will be the Moderna Museet in Stockholm, the Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome and the Museo Guggenheim Bilbao.

Städel Museum Website

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

Thomas Hirschhorn: Double Garage
MUNICH  •  Museum Brandhorst  •  30 June 2016 - 30 June 2017
Thomas Hirschhorn’s Double Garage is a workshop-cum-hobby room and the unexpected site where fundamental categories of human feeling and action are thrashed out: violence and counter-violence, revenge and reconciliation. The work was triggered by and is a response to the events of September 11

Pinakothek der Moderne Website

Contact: Pinakothek der Moderne
Barer Straße 40
80333 München
Tel: (49) 89.23805-36

Events in Classical Music

Christiane Karg
Christiane Karg
Berliner Philharmoniker: Christiane Karg, soprano
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  26 - 28 October 2016

Enescu: Prélude à l'unisson, 1st Movement from the Suite for orchestra No. 1 in C major op. 9
Bartók: Musik für Saiteninstrumente, Schlagzeug und Celesta Sz 106
Mozart: Arias for soprano and orchestra: Lungi da te, mio bene from Mitridate, re di Ponto K. 87 and Misera, dove son! – Ah! non son’io che parlo K. 369
Mozart: Symphony No. 38 in D major K. 504 Prague

Berliner Philharmoniker
Iván Fischer, conductor
Christiane Karg, soprano

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Berliner Philharmoniker: Nikolai Lugansky, piano
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  13 - 15 October 2016

Franck: Le Chasseur maudit
Rachmaninoff: Rhapsody on a theme of Paganini for piano and orchestra op. 43
Rimsky-Korsakov: Scheherazade, Symphonic Suite op. 35

Berliner Philharmoniker
Tugan Sokhiev, conductor
Nikolai Lugansky, piano

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:


Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin

Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Berliner Philharmoniker
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  6 - 8 October 2016

Berliner Philharmoniker
Bernard Haitink, conductor
Christian Elsner, tenor
Christian Gerhaher, baritone

Schubert: Symphony No. 7 in B minor D 759 Unfinished
Mahler: Das Lied von der Erde

Berliner Philharmonie Website

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Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Daniil Trifonov, piano
BERLIN  •  Philharmonie  •  5 October 2016

Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinsky

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Berliner Philharmonie Website

Detailed schedule information:

Contact: Berliner Philharmonie
Herbert-von-Karajan-Str. 1
10785 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 25488 12

Daniil Trifonov, piano
FRANKFURT  •  Alte Oper  •  7 October 2016

Schumann, Shostakovich, Stravinski

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Alte Oper Frankfurt Website

Detailed schedule information:

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

Events in Pop Culture and Cinema

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

Focus Königgrätz
BERLIN  •  Deutsches Historisches Museum  •  30 June - 31 December 2016

150 years ago, on 3 July 1866, Germany’s future was decided in the Battle of Königgrätz. The victory of the Prussian army over Austria established Prussian hegemony in the German states. The Deutsches Historisches Museum is devoting a temporary presentation within the Permanent Exhibition to this important event in German history with a number of objects from the museum’s own collections that can be seen for the first time.

The painting The Battle of Königgrätz on 3 July 1866 by Georg Bleibtreu from around 1869 forms the centrepiece of the exhibition. In addition, two laurel wreaths as well as such contemporary objects as a uniform worn at the Battle of Königgrätz, a diary, a field post letter and examples of the new Prussian weapons technology are shown. A media station that demonstrates the course of events on 3 July 1866 and a time beam on the floor help to reconstruct the political developments before and after the battle.

Deutsches Historisches Museum Website

Contact: Deutsches Historisches Museum
Unter den Linden 2
10117 Berlin
Tel: (49) 30 203 04 751

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