They?re Still Painting, and More: The Leipzig Art Scene

First a success, then a bubble: the hype surrounding the ?New Leipzig School? put the city on the map of the art world, but also blinkered its vision.... more more

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"Please God, come back from holiday"

Thursday 20 October, 2005

Helena Waldmann is the first female director from the West to have been invited to work in Iran. The result of her project "Letters from Tentland" is now touring Europe. An interview with Sylvia Staude.
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You are the wings! You are the tree! You are Germany!

Monday 3 October, 2005

Just when the old gags about the Germans were really starting to wear thin, the German media go and launch a full-scale positive-thinking campaign to try to get the people to pull their weight. Harald Jähner unwittingly witnessed the "Du bist Deutschland!" (you are Germany!) advert on TV, and had to pinch himself to check he wasn't dreaming.
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The art of the ape

Friday 30 September, 2005

Like no other painter of his generation, the terminally ill artist Jörg Immendorff took up things German in his work. In a new exhibition in Berlin he has dramatised his life's work like a brilliant play. By Hanno Rauterberg
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A new dimension in painting

Tuesday 27 August, 2005

Artists have long attempted to transcend the surface of the painting. Michael Burges has dissolved it entirely – in his new series of paintings called "Virtual Space". By Gerhard Charles Rump
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The last rock 'n' roller of German politics

Monday 26 September, 2005

Joschka Fischer, Germany's former Foreign Minister and figurehead of the Green Party, has now announced he will be retiring from politics altogether. In an interview with the taz given in September 2005, Fischer reflects on what his coming retirement means for his party, his country and himself.
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Berlin's ghosts

Thursday 22 September, 2005

Christian Petzold's most recent film "Gespenster" ("Ghosts"), which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this year, has now opened in German cinemas. Anke Leweke raves about this ghost story, set in Berlin's here and now.
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Brave new europop

Tuesday 20 September, 2005

The pop world ain't what it used to be. Small-fry nations shaped the programme at this year's Popkomm music platform in Berlin. Globalisation is making its mark on the pop music landscape. By Daniel Bax
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What was Schröder on?

Monday 19 September, 2005

There was something surreal about Gerhard Schröder's appearance on national television on election night. Although his party was second in the polls, Schröder saw the victory quite clearly as his own. And anyone who saw matters differently, an idiot. Arno Widmann asks the question that is on the minds of many Germans today: what was Schröder on?
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Indulging a penchant for paradox

Thursday 15 September, 2005

What do you get when you cross Left and Right? Gerhard Schröder the double paradox: a chancellor who backs social protest against his own policies, and a ruler who deprives himself of power in a bid to reclaim it. By Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
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What now, white man?

Monday 12 September, 2005

The result of the elections on September 18 is completely irrelevant. Because global competition is about to push Western culture into the abyss. An eleventh-hour obituary. By Matthias Politycki
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Standing in file

Friday 9 September, 2005

Tanja Dückers writes a retort to Eva Menasse's recent claim that German writers' refusal to take a public stance in the federal election campaign reflects opportunism.
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Tolerance for the tolerant

Thursday 8 September, 2005

A combative response to Jutta Limbach's article on "Making multiculturalism work" by the Turkish-German lawyer and activist Seyran Ates.
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Writers! Break free of your routine!

Thursday 8 September, 2005

Why I'm getting involved in the current federal election campaign. By Eva Menasse
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The sweet horror of passion

Wednesday 7 September, 2005

Remembering love and death: why we need operas like "La Traviata" now more than ever. By Eva Demski
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Wim Wenders won't give up

Tuesday 6 September, 2005

Sometimes the strong points of a director cannot be had without the weak ones. "Don't Come Knocking" is Wim Wenders' best film in a long time. By Katja Nicodemus
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