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Culture

An extraordinary friendship

You can catch the exhibition 'Man Ray, L. Fritz Gruber Archive - The outstanding archive of an extraordinary friendship' at the Museum Ludwig until March the 5th. The collection is the result of a friendship that grew between L Fritz Gruber, his wife Renate and Man Ray in the 1950s.  The cordial friendship resulted in a wide-ranging collection of materials relating to Man Ray, including works of art, documents and correspondence, objects, and signed exhibition catalogues.

A Bigger Picture

You have probably seen the posters around town for the latest exhibition at Cologne's Ludwig Museum. You might be mistaken in thinking it's an exhibition of unknown Van Goghs - the vivid colours and swirling strokes are somewhat similar - but it's not, it's David Hockney. Previously best known for his swimming pool paintings and 1970s portraits and still lives, 'A Bigger Picture' is Hockney's first major exhibition of new landscape works featuring paintings inspired by the East Yorkshire landscape.

Ménage à trois in Bonn

The KAH in Bonn is well known for its great exhibitions, but in the coming months there’s a double whammy of good things to see. ‘Art and Design for All’ is a cooperation with London’s famous Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Tradition of Beauty

One of the foremost artists of 19th century France, Alexandre Cabanel (1823-1889), is featured in his first exhibition at the Wallraf-Richartz museum in Cologne. In cooperation with Musée Fabre in Montpellier, the Wallraf presents over 60 works by a man who rose from the rank of a lowly carpenter’s son to become court painter to Napoleon III. To give these graceful works by the last of the great salon painters just the right ambience, the Wallraf has secured the services of a star designer Christian Lacroix to design a special interior exclusively for the exhibition.

Loving art in Bonn

The Bonn Kunstverein is an association of art lovers who enjoy sharing their discoveries with others. Founded in 1963 to promote contemporary art the kunstverein shows the work of local and well known international artists, as well as up and coming newcomers. You can become a member and enjoy free admission to all exhibitions and receive personal invitations to special events.

Did you know?

Think you know all there is to know about your new home town? Here's some interesting facts and trivia from around Cologne, Düsseldorf and Bonn to entertain, inform and amuse your friends and family:

Room to Breathe

Local film production company Middle Name Productions, are bringing out a new film called 'Room to Breathe' on the 1st November. The première will be in Mönchengladbach, the city where much of the movie was filmed, and we have TWO tickets to give away for the star studded première - read on to find out more. Middle Name Productions is a growing team of independent film makers made up of both Germans and Brits. They've already produced one full length feature film, 'The Receptionist' and they also offer media production services.

Hollywood meets a 'savage soul'

Savage Soul Contemporary Dance Theater

Our very own Johnny Hollywood has hopped back into our special interview corner and interviewed the very talented Karen Savage, founder of The Savage Soul Contemporary Dance Theater and almost an 'echte Kölner', take it away Johnny:
JH: Karen, where are you originally from?
KS: I was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in the USA, that's where I started all my dance training. I lived in Philly most of my life with my family and that where my creative world is rooted., and to advance my dancing I moved to NYC for a while.

The Start of Video Art – Cologne, Museum Ludwig

Flashback 30 years. Portable video units had just come out, making it possible for ordinary people to record onto tape. That was the start of a boom in the following decade: Video Art was born. These early and later works from well-known and lesser known video and also film artists is on show right now at Museum Ludwig in Cologne. Taken from their collection of the past 30 years, the museum is showing 55 installations with ca. 270 works of moving imagery art.

Going native

10 tell-tell signs that show you're very slowly, going native.....

1. You can't think of a better word to use when something is 'Kapput'
2. You call your mobile phone a 'handy'
3. Your questions are just statements with 'oder' at the end
4. When walking down the road with a beer bottle in your hand is no big deal
5. When you stop getting annoyed that the shops are closed on Sundays and actually enjoy the peace and quiet
6. You start paying for tickets on the tram – before you even see the inspectors coming

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