?From the great beyond into the present? ? an interview with Jo Lendle

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Photoshop realism: life at a distance

Tuesday 29 November, 2005

Eberhard Havekost is being hyped as one of the hot "Young German Artists". His subjects are banal, he copies copies, he's interested in surfaces. Art critic Elke Buhr ventures to ask if there's any depth.
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Disillusioned but not disoriented

Thursday 27 October, 2005

Thomas Ostermeier, director at Berlin's Schaubühne, has staged "Hedda Gabler". Henrik Ibsen, he says, has a lot to say about the world as we know it: morally improverished, metaphysically empty but not without hope.
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Project Migration

Monday 24 October, 2005

Walking, walking, walking. Projekt Migration is an extensive exhibition with film and music programmes telling the story of migration from the perspective of those in motion. By Katrin Bettina Müller
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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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High precision industrial age souvenirs

Friday 2 September, 2005

Bernd and Hilla Becher travelled the world for 50 years photographing industrial buildings. On the eve of their retrospective in Berlin they talked to Cornelius Tittel about how they saved an era from being forgotten forever and set in motion the German photography boom. (Editor's note: Bernd Becher passed away on 22 June 2007 in Rostock. We put this interview, published in September 2005, once more onto our homepage in his remembrance.)

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"It's poetry – not prattle"

Thursday 1 September, 2005

Today's theatre is losing its pull. Why? "Maybe we don't cook so well these days. No one goes to a restaurant if it doesn't serve good food. We put ourselves 60 centimetres over other people. If we don't have anything to say, we shouldn't put ourselves there in the first place", says director Andrea Breth. An interview with Stefan Keim and Reinhard Wengierek (Image: © Bernd Uhlig)
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Do you want to die with me?

Thursday 11 August, 2005

Burned down and raised from the ashes three times: the fabrik Potsdam produces Gemany's most courageous dance theatre. By Evelyn Finger
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A sight for sore eyes

Monday 1 August, 2005

The New Leipzig School is the new black. It paints the dark side of the fun society and sells like hotcakes. Christian Schüle dissects the myth.
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"Hottentots in tails"

Friday 17 June, 2005

Once decried as degenerate, then celebrated as the height of artistic expression, the Expressionist group "Die Brücke" has been viewed very differently by the various regimes of Germany's 20th century. A turbulent history. By Christian Saehrendt
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"Ceci n'est pas le vide"

Thursday 9 June, 2005

An encounter with the artist of transience Tino Sehgal who, together with painter Thomas Scheibitz, will represent Germany at the Venice Biennale which opens to the public on June 12. By Sebastian Frenzel
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News from Teenyland

Tuesday 3 May, 2005

What happens when young people are trained in globalised consumption from babyhood on? Is there room for the self between commercialism and mass commodities? The "Coolhunters" exhibition in Karlsruhe looks at youth culture, from cheerleaders to cool rappers, from computer games to teenage suicide. By Elke Buhr
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"I can dance again"

Thursday 21 April, 2005

Frankfurt's long-serving ballet director William Forsythe on his new start with a smaller company: new ideas, new stages and an unusual Japanese master. The new Forsythe Company debuts today in Frankfurt.
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The only thing I can really paint well is anger

Friday 8 April, 2005

Bernhard Heisig is a controversial figure in the German art world, having served in the SS and painted state portraits of both East and West German leaders. As a professor at the Leipzig Art School he taught the younger generation of painters now enjoying the international limelight such as Neo Rauch, Tim Eitel and Tilo Baumgärtel. The Leipzig Musem of Fine Art is currently showing a large retrospective of Heisig's work "Die Wut der Bilder".
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The human flaw

Wednesday 23 March, 2005

Could it be that other cultures find our top models ugly? The way we – conversely – are unable to grasp that the Chinese word for beauty means "fat sheep". A festival in Berlin examines the concept of beauty. By Arnd Wesemann
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