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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 ]

Tale of Two Cities: ExhibitionáSpotlightsáBerlin-Vienna Connection

Tale of Two Cities: ExhibitionáSpotlightsáBerlin-Vienna Connection

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 30, 2013

Berlin and Vienna both played key roles in the transformative artistic period of the early 20th century. A new exhibition traces the cities' parallel development with show-stopping works from Gustav Klimt, Otto Dix and Egon Schiele. more... Comment ]

MoMA Retrospective: The Strange Brilliance of Isa Genzken

MoMA Retrospective: The Strange Brilliance of Isa Genzken

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 25, 2013

One of the most important artists of her generation, sculptor Isa Genzken's works of cryptic, haunting beauty sprang from a life fraught with addiction, mental illness and a grisly family history. Now, the Museum of Modern Art in New York is paying tribute to the Berlin artist with a retrospective. By Ulrike Kn÷fel more... Comment ]

'Strong and Sexy': French Art Fair Makes a Comeback

'Strong and Sexy': French Art Fair Makes a Comeback

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 24, 2013

The Paris art fair FIAC is celebrating its 40th anniversary at a time when the global art market is attracting more money than ever. After years of irrelevance, it has reclaimed its spot as one of the world's premier events for contemporary art. more... Comment ]

Eccentric Habits: The Bizarre Rituals of Famous Geniuses

Eccentric Habits: The Bizarre Rituals of Famous Geniuses

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 22, 2013

One drank 50 cups of coffee a day, another disappeared to a stone hut in the forest to compose: Many celebrated geniuses have practiced quirky everyday rituals to help them overcome the difficulties of creating great works. more... Comment ]

DreamWorks Chief: On Changes and Challenges in the Film Business

DreamWorks Chief: On Changes and Challenges in the Film Business

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 18, 2013

Jeffrey Katzenberg has had a phenomenally successful career bringing animated films to the big screen. In a SPIEGEL interview, the CEO of DreamWorks Animation discusses why movies are more popular than ever, the rise of the Chinese market and how Germans prefer movies stars with four legs. more... Comment ]

'Pseudo-Art': Russian Ambassador Slams Wartime Rape Sculpture

'Pseudo-Art': Russian Ambassador Slams Wartime Rape Sculpture

SPIEGEL ONLINE - October 17, 2013

The brief appearance of a concrete sculpture in Gdansk last Saturday depicting a Red Army soldier raping a pregnant woman has sparked ire on both the Polish and Russian sides. Now the artist could be facing two years in prison. more... Comment ]

City Exposure: Discovering Leipzig by Photo Marathon

City Exposure: Discovering Leipzig by Photo Marathon

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 17, 2013

Tourism and taking pictures have always gone together. But doing both as part of a "photo marathon" is becoming a trend in big cities across the world -- mostly recently Leipzig. The competitions allow shutterbugs to experience the cities in a whole new way. By Stephan Orth more... Comment ]