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Arts.21 08.12.12 | 21:30 - 22:00 UTC

Explaining the World in a Few Strokes

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Explaining the World in a Few Strokes

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The Discoveries of the Week

Arts.21 this week celebrates the beauty of Nefertiti, remembers the legendary architect Oscar Niemeyer, and visits an illustrator with an interesting drawing technique. We'll also follow US singers’ struggles with the works of Richard Wagner.

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Out of Bayreuth, Part 4

2013 marks the 200th anniversary of Richard Wagner's birth. Join Arts.21 reporters on a voyage through the Wagner universe in the series Out of Bayreuth. We're travelling the world to see how Wagner is being produced today.

Part 4 takes us to the small US town of Berea, Ohio. Here budding Valkyries and heroic tenors are mastering German punctuation and preparing themselves to enter Wagner’s mythical world.

A Century of Nefertiti’s Beauty

The lady’s over three thousand years old - but there’s no talk of facelifts for her. Nefertiti has never lost her allure and this year is a special one for the famous Egyptian Queen. A century ago, German archaeologist Ludwig Borchardt unearthed the famous bust of Nefertiti.

To mark the event, Berlin’s Neues Museum is holding a special show called the "The Light of Amarna”, which shows that Nefertiti was not just a great beauty, but a powerful ruler as well.

Explaining the World in a Few Strokes

Whether it’s commentary on daily life or political events, German illustrator Christoph Niemann is famous for making big points with his sparse images. After spending eleven years living in New York, a book is being published, in English and German, featuring drawings that appeared in his "New York Times" blog: "Abstract City.” Arts.21 meets one of the best illustrators of our generation.

The Death of the Visionary Oscar Niemeyer

Futuristic-looking, white concrete structures which seem to defy gravity were Oscar Niemeyer's trademark. The Brazilian architect had more than 600 different projects around the globe to his credit. He died on Wednesday, just prior to his 105th birthday. Arts.21 visited Niemeyer in Rio de Janeiro in 2011.

The Discoveries of the Week

Detected on our RADAR

  • New Objectivity - An exhibition of the works of painter Otto Dix at Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
  • Emotional Anarchy - A ballet version of "A Midsummer Night's Dream" is performed in Essen
  • Modern Classics - Author Peter Handke publishes two new books for his 70th birthday