Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

Bad Fit: Why Germany Doesn't Cut It in International Fashion

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 08, 2014

Berlin Fashion Week is underway, but A-listers are keeping their distance. The event has failed to put the German capital on the clothing map. A closer look at the career trajectory of designer Kostas Murkudis provides some insight into the reasons why. By Mareike Nieberding more... Comment ]

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

Bach to the Future: Fans Want to Rebuild Composer's House

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 03, 2014

In the city of Goethe and Schiller, classical music fans want another famous former resident to be honored in Weimar. They're seeking to rebuild the home of Johann Sebastian Bach, who composed some of his most important works in the city. By Karoline Kuhla more... Comment ]

Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

Literary Sensation: The Rise of a Danish Immigrant Poet

SPIEGEL ONLINE - March 14, 2014

Since his rise to fame, Islamists have threatened to kill 18-year-old Danish poet Yahya Hassan. They are angered by the portrayals in his writing of his immigrant family background, which he describes as backwards, hypocritical and blinded by religion. By Tobias Rapp more... Comment ]

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

Monuments Men: The Soldiers Who Saved Europe's Art from Hitler

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 05, 2013

The story of a special Allied unit dubbed the "Monuments Men" has inspired a Hollywood film set to premier early next year. But who were these men who saved countless European cultural treasures from being lost or destroyed by Nazi forces? By Yvonne Schymura more... Comment ]

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

Return of the B-Boy: Breakdancing Sees Global Resurgence

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Breakdancing, an artform invented by New York street gangs in the 1980s, is seeing a renaissance on a global scale. Today's battles may be big-budget spectacles with flashy acrobatics, but they still prize one thing above all else: style. By Lukas Eberle more... Comment ]

Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

Hooked on Tagging: When Graffiti Becomes a Dangerous Addiction

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 03, 2013

Two young Hamburg graffiti artists recently suffered serious accidents in the space of just four days. Both sustained very severe injuries, a typical outcome in a risk-taking subculture in which some have paid for their passion with their lives. By Bruno Schrep more... Comment ]

The Poet-Photographer: Jewish Museum Showcases Work of Fred Stein

The Poet-Photographer: Jewish Museum Showcases Work of Fred Stein

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 19, 2013

You might not know the man behind them, but you surely know his images. Fred Stein fled Germany and became a talented photographer of both street scenes and the famous. His first major German retrospective opens Friday at the Jewish Museum in Berlin. By Kaspar Heinrich more... Comment ]

Ready for Takeoff: A New Panoramic Camera Ball

Ready for Takeoff: A New Panoramic Camera Ball

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 15, 2013

Designed by a Berlin-based inventor, a new camera ball takes panoramic shots when thrown into the air. The Panono's 36 cameras capture everything in every direction, but image quality remains an issue. By Hilmar Schmundt more... Comment ]

Polanski on Polanski: The Director Discusses His Life Tragedies

Polanski on Polanski: The Director Discusses His Life Tragedies

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 12, 2013

Roman Polanski turned 80 in August, and his new film "Venus in Fur" will be released this month. He discusses his childhood in the Krakow ghetto, the murder of his wife Sharon Tate and his abuse of a 13-year-old girl in 1977. "We all just tried to forget about it," he says. Interview By Philipp Oehmke and Martin Wolf more... Comment ]

Hair Apparent: World Beard Competition Crowns Winners

Hair Apparent: World Beard Competition Crowns Winners

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

Held in Germany this year, the 2013 World Moustache and Beard Championships featured extravagant facial hair in 18 different categories, including "Full Beard Garibaldi" and "Goatee Fu Manchu." more... Comment ]

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

Nazi Plunder: 1,500 Modern Artworks Found in Munich Flat

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 04, 2013

The spectacular discovery of modernist masterpieces in a squalid Munich apartment is the latest twist in a story that began almost 80 years ago. Many of the works appear to be among those confiscated by the Nazis as "degenerate art," and it remains unclear what will become of them. more... Comment ]