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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Bread-winning badante

Thursday 10 April, 2008

Diana Ivanova travels to Tuscany to report on an Italian profession attracting Bulgarian women in their thousands, and a unique European trend: the outsourcing of suffering.
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Don Camillo and the Imam

Wednesday 28 November, 2007

Italy has been slow to address the danger of radical Islam. For too long it was the domain of right-wing rabble-rousers while the left slumbered away in "Islam correctness". At last the left-wing liberal Reset magazine has launched a proper debate. By Franz Haas
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New beauty from the Old World

Thursday 2 August, 2007

No other obituary of Ingmar Bergman or Michelangelo Antonioni makes it as clear how necessary they were - and how bitterly we will miss them - as The New York Times'. By Arno Widmann
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Summer of political art

Thursday 21 June, 2007

Both the Venice Biennale and the Documenta in Kassel have taken the dark side of modernity as their theme. Looking at how the two mega-exhibitons do battle, Hanno Rauterberg prefers Kassel's investigation of evil to Venice's concession to it. (Untitled, from the series Spring-Sow-Plum-Scene, 1996, mask 6, 2003. © Aoki Ryoko)
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La Scuola Napoletana sings again

Friday 25 May, 2007

Conductor Riccardo Muti describes rummaging through Naples' venerable music archive, where he discovered a number of slumbering opera manuscripts, among them Domenico Cimarosa's "Il ritorno di Don Calandrino," which opens the Salzburg Whitsun Festival tonight.
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Back to barbarism

Thursday 19 October, 2006

It is no wonder that Caravaggio is being rediscovered. Not because he shows us what we have become, but rather what we have lost. On the occasion of a major show in Dusseldorf, Georg Seeßlen pays tribute to the inventor of modern art.
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Between Guatemala and Mongolia

Wednesday 5 April, 2006

Italians go to the polls on Sunday. Do Europeans realise what is at stake, or does Italophilia blind them to Berlusconi's brutal power games? Outside Italy, people fail to see that this "puppet" would already be behind bars in most European countries, and that its legal system and press freedom are on a par with Guatemala and Mongolia. But who could come next? Friedrich Christian Delius paints a dire portrait of Italy's ailing democracy.
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The end of the Silvio show?

Wednesday March 8, 2006

Italy is gearing up for parliamentary elections on April 9. Opposition figures from author Umberto Eco to satirist Sabina Guzzanti and filmmaker Nanni Moretti are vying to put an end to telecracy à la Silvio Berlusconi. But can they stop the country's rampant amalgamation of politics and TV? By Gabriella Vitiello
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Hell is a state

Wednesday 28 December, 2005

Father Pedro Barrajon conducts courses in Rome for exorcists in training. Here he talks about the power of the devil, pure spirits and the position of the Pope. An interview with Paul Badde.
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Preacher of the profane

Monday 17 October, 2005

The time of the master thinkers is over. Or so they say. Italian philosopher Giorgio Agamben is a beacon for an entire generation of young intellectuals across Europe. Every epoch gets the fashion philosophy it deserves. By Daniel Binswanger
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Straying from the path of virtue

Wednesday 10 August, 2005

Festival critics rarely agree on anything, but this time it's pretty much unanimous: Willy Decker's staging of "La Traviata" at the Salzburg Festival is a mega-hit. Thanks largely to the stupendous soprano Anna Netrebko. By Jürg Stenzl
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Flowering young girls and dirty washing

Tuesday 29 March, 2005

In his first work of fiction, Rome-born writer Alessandro Piperno addresses his social milieu. Italian critics are calling his portrayal of the Jewish bourgeoisie politically incorrect. The book is the talk of the town. By Franz Haas
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