What’s on in Germany: September 17 – 23

What's on in Germany: September 17 - 23
The Parisian Blanca Li Dance Company will be in Düsseldorf. Photo: Ali Mahdavi
This Week's Highlights: A culture festival fills Düsseldorf's old town, Dinosaur Jr. plays Frankfurt, and a Vincent Van Gogh painting arrives in Cologne.


Workshops for Kids

Curtain Up! Hand puppet and Theatre Workshop

Felix Klee was a lucky kid. His dad Paul made him all sorts of fun theatrical toys. Your kids can make their own characters and sets at this three-day workshop for five to ten-year-olds.

Price: €8

Location: Deutsche Guggenheim, Unter den Linden 13/15

Times: Friday, September 18, 4-6pm; Saturday, September 19, 11am-3pm; Sunday, September 20, 11am-3pm

Phone: 030 2020 930

More Information: www.deutsche-guggenheim.de


Khosrow Hassanzadeh Exhibition Opening

Through the people Khosrow Hassanzadeh depicts in his works, the Iranian artist presents a fascinating social commentary about his native land. If you saw Hassanzadeh’s silk screens/paintings at the Venice Biennale, you know you’ll want to be at the opening of his first solo German exhibition Tuesday night. The artist himself is schedule to be in attendance.

Price: Free

Location: Arndt & Partner, Invalidenstrasse 50-51

Times: September 22, 6-10pm (opening); Tuesday – Saturday, 11am-6pm (regular hours); through November 14

Phone: 030 280 8123

More Information: www.arndt-partner.de

Berlin 98/09 – Art between Traces of the Past and Utopian Futures

The fall of the Berlin Wall and all its repercussions influenced artists all over the world. See the works of Ulf Aminde, Max Baumann, Olaf Metzel, and dozens more who witnessed changes in the architecture and urban patterns of their cities, and translated it into a thing called art.

Price: €7

Location: Berlinische Galerie, Alte Jakobstraße 124-128

Times: Wednesday – Monday, 10am-6pm; through January 31, 2010

Phone: 030 789 02 600

More Information: www.berlinischegalerie.de



Vincent Van Gogh: Shoes – A Painting as our Guest

Starting Thursday, among the Rembrandts and Rubens of the Wallraf-Richartz-Museum in Cologne, an image of a dingy pair of black boots will be hanging. Painted in Paris, in 1886, the Vincent Van Gogh canvas has provoked quite a few conversations. Read German philosopher Martin Heidegger’s 1936 essay “The Origin of the Artwork” to get a better idea of what all the fuss is about.

Price: €8.50

Location:Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Obenmarspforten (am Kölner Rathaus)

Times: Tuesday – Friday, 10am-6pm; Saturday & Sunday, 11am-6pm; through January 10, 2010

Phone: 0221 221 21119

More Information: www.wallraf.museum



Old Town Fall Culture Festival

Fado singers, chamber ensembles, new music improvisers, hip hop dancers, circus acrobats, chamber ensembles, jazz quartets, and more! Düsseldorf’s annual festival of culture brings skilled troupes from around the globe to the churches and theatres of the old town. What a great time to be in Düsseldorf!

Price: Various

Location: Various

Times: Wednesday, September 16 – Sunday, October 4

Ticket Hotline: 0211 617 0 617

More Information: www.altstadtherbst.de



Dinosaur Jr.

Ready to rock out like you did in mom’s garage in the early nineties? The Massachusetts band’s noisy mix of droning vocals and grinding guitars still makes you want to mosh. In the midst of a European tour in support of their latest album Farm, they hit Frankfurt Sunday.

Price: €22

Location: Künstlerhaus Mousonturm, Waldschmidtstrasse 4

Times: Sunday, September 20, 9pm

Phone: 069 4058 9520

More Information: www.mousonturm.de


Harvest Festival

The time for pumpkins and apple juice is upon us! Bring the kids down to Frankfurt’s Palmengarten Saturday, where they can learn how to make candles, paint lanterns, hammer together bird houses, and other fun fall activities.

Price: €5

Location: Palmengarten, Siesmayerstrasse 61

Phone: 069 2123 6689

Times: Saturday, September 19, 2-7pm

More Information: www.palmengarten-frankfurt.de


International Automobile Exhibition

Motorheads, start your engines and cruise over to Frankfurt Saturday when the International Automobile Exhibition opens to the public. See 100 world premieres including the Ford C-MAX, the compact Opel Astra, and a bevy of new Porsches.

Price: €8-45

Location: Messe Frankfurt, Ludwig-Erhard-Anlage 1

Phone: 069 975 07 252

Times: Daily, 9am-7pm; Saturday, September 19 – Sunday, September 27

More Information: www.iaa.de



Cemetery Day

There’s something wonderfully atmospheric about cemeteries. The Victorians knew it, and so do the people of Hamburg. On Sunday, Friedhof Ohlsdorf, the largest cemetery-park in the world, becomes a “Garden of Sound,” as New Orleans-style brass bands and Spanish flamenco dancers take the stage.

Price: Free

Location: Friedhof Ohlsdorf, Fuhlsbüttler Strasse 756

Phone: 040 593 880

Times: Sunday, September 20, 11am-5pm

More Information: www.friedhof-hamburg.de


Between Heaven and Hell – Medieval Art from the Gothic Age to Baldung Grien

Hans Baldung Grien was one of Germany’s most acclaimed Renaissance artists. Have a look at some of his masterworks like the 1513 “Man of Sorrows, mourned by Mary and Angels,” among other religions specimens such as the “Passion Altar” by the Hausbuch Master and “Madonna with the Protective Cloak” from the Freiburg Cathedral. Mostly dating from before 1550, the exhibition offers a telling look at the hopes and fears of the time.

Price: €8

Location: Bucerius Kunst Forum, Rathausmarkt 2

Times: Daily, 11am-7pm; Thursdays, 11am-9pm; September 19 – January 10, 2010

Phone: 040 360 9960

More Information: www.buceriuskunstforum.de



Uri Caine & Bedrock (Feat. Barbara Walker)

Jazz singer Barbara Walker joins pianist Uri Caine and his trio Bedrock at Munich’s Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Wednesday night.

If you’re craving a good gig, be there. Deutschlandfunk will be. The radio station is recording the show for an October broadcast.

Price: €22

Location: Jazzclub Unterfahrt, Einsteinstrasse 42

Times: Wednesday, September 23, 9pm

Phone: 089 448 2794

More Information: www.unterfahrt.de