Freeze Frames: Melancholy Paintings Evoke Holocaust Trial

Freeze Frames: Melancholy Paintings Evoke Holocaust Trial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

A powerful new permanent exhibition of paintings at Berlin's Jewish Museum evoke a lesser known Nazi trial of the 1970s, as interpreted from TV coverage of the proceedings. Only one of 16 accused guards at the Majdanek concentration camp was handed a tough sentence, drawing widespread public outrage. By Sophie Arts more... Comment ]

Culture Instead of Cannabis: Amsterdam's Art Mecca Ambitions

Culture Instead of Cannabis: Amsterdam's Art Mecca Ambitions

SPIEGEL ONLINE - April 04, 2013

Half a billion euros is being spent in Amsterdam to renovate its major art museums. Will the city of canals and Van Goghs shed its grittier side and become the Florence of the 21st century? By Ulrike Knöfel more... Comment ]

The God of Colors: Researchers Shed New Light on Artist Albrecht Dürer

The God of Colors: Researchers Shed New Light on Artist Albrecht Dürer

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 01, 2012

Almost 500 years after the death of Albrecht Dürer, new details about the mysterious life of the Renaissance painter are coming to light. To uncover the secrets of his brilliant works, researchers have used X-rays and infrared cameras, uncovering information even about the sex life of the art world's first international star. more...

Mecca Turns West: Roads of Arabia Run Through Berlin

Mecca Turns West: Roads of Arabia Run Through Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 27, 2012

It is a premiere for Germany. Never before have artifacts from Islam's holiest site, the Kaaba in Mecca, been on display in the country. A new exhibit in Berlin's famous Pergamon Museum traces history on the Arabian peninsula from the birth of civilization to the 20th century. By Aaron Wiener more...

Slave Girls and Pickled Heads: The Spectacular Life and Finds of Max von Oppenheim

Slave Girls and Pickled Heads: The Spectacular Life and Finds of Max von Oppenheim

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 28, 2011

A new exhibition in Berlin's Pergamon Museum displays 3,000-year-old finds from Syria that fell victim to bombing in World War II and were painstakingly reassembled over almost a decade. But just as interesting is the checkered life story of Max von Oppenheim, the aristocratic German archaeologist who discovered them. By Matthias Schulz more... Comment ]

Magical Menagerie: Fauna and Fantasy in New Berlin Art Installation

Magical Menagerie: Fauna and Fantasy in New Berlin Art Installation

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 05, 2010

Reindeer, canaries and mice. Oh my! Belgian artist Carsten Höller has turned a contemporary art museum in Berlin into a zoo -- all in the name of artistic contemplation. He is hoping to discover the recipe of the mystic, hallucinogenic drink soma, and to entertain visitors in the process. more...

Vintage Exhibits on Show: Berlin Museum Opens Spectacular Display of Pickled Animals

Vintage Exhibits on Show: Berlin Museum Opens Spectacular Display of Pickled Animals

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 14, 2010

A spectacularly eerie exhibition of pickled animals opened to the public at Berlin's Natural History Museum on Tuesday. The collection contains fish, mammals, spiders and reptiles preserved in alcohol, some of them over 200 years old. more...

Germany's Expellee Museum: Charges of Historical Revisionism Stir Up Berlin

Germany's Expellee Museum: Charges of Historical Revisionism Stir Up Berlin

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 04, 2010

Those Germans who were expelled from Eastern Europe following World War II have long sought recognition of their plight. With a museum in sight, however, some associated with the project have been accused of historical revisionism. Germany, says one deputy board member, wasn't solely responsible for starting the war. more...

Interview with Architect Daniel Libeskind: 'Dresden's Past Is Not Just a Footnote'

Interview with Architect Daniel Libeskind: 'Dresden's Past Is Not Just a Footnote'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 13, 2010

Decimated by Allied bombs, Dresden has often had a difficult relationship with its World War II past. Architect Daniel Libeskind, whose modern remodelling of the German military museum in Dresden is currently under construction, spoke with SPIEGEL ONLINE about the city's ongoing efforts to rebuild, the temptations of nostalgia and why architects need to be optimists. more...

Germany's Latest Architectural Landmark: Essen's Folkwang Art Museum Gets a New Home

Germany's Latest Architectural Landmark: Essen's Folkwang Art Museum Gets a New Home

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 29, 2010

One of the most important museums in Essen, Germany is opening the doors of its new home this weekend, underlining the city's status as European Capital of Culture in 2010. The Essen Folkwang Museum now houses its prestigious collection in a shiny glass-clad shell designed by the British architect David Chipperfield. By Karin Schulze more...