Michael Ballhaus im Gespräch: ?Meine Filmschule war das Kino?

Als Kameramann hat Michael Ballhaus Kinogeschichte geschrieben. Auf der Berlinale 2016 wird er nun mit dem Goldenen Ehrenbären geehrt. Goethe.de hat sich mit dem gebürtigen Berliner über seine Karriere unterhalten. more more

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When soft power fails the acid test

Wednesday 14 March, 2012

Western museums are opening their halls for huge state exhibitions in collaboration with non-democratic regimes. The British Museum is currently hosting an exhibition on the Hajj which is funded by Saudi Arabia and reflects the royal family's position on the ritual. Should an institution dedicated to secular learning accommodate such religiously doctrinaire exhibitions? Yes, says Malise Ruthven in the New York Review of Books blog, who evidently believes in the conciliatory effects of such cultural politics. Tagesspiegel author Nicola Kuhn sees the new "Roads of Arabia" exhibition in Berlin's Pergamon Museum more critically. Image © National Museum, Riyadh
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