This edition of Arts 21 features the treasures of the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden; the world's largest wall-painting -- on a high-rise apartment building in Berlin; a German-made film that provides us with a closer look at the musical subcultures of Myanmar; and a new episode in our series "Cross Currents" -- a profile of Indian photographer Dayanita Singh.
American billionaire J. Paul Getty was reportedly reluctant to talk about money. His approach certainly does not apply to the new exhibition at the German Hygiene Museum in Dresden, where people DO talk about wealth -- in creative and often sarcastic ways. The exhibition is entitled: "Wealth -- More Than Enough." Its central element is a luxurious cruise ship dubbed the "MS German Wealth."
She is a pioneer of Indian photography, and her vision exceeds her cultural heritage. Dayanita Singh considers photography her ticket to freedom - one that gave her the opportunity to to do what she wants and to travel wherever she wants. This year, Singh is one of four artists who exhibit their work at the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale.
French art group Cité Création have been producing image-boosting illusions for years. They’ve brightened up drab high-rise buildings everywhere from Lyon to Quebec City, and Shanghai. Now, they've applied their skills and talents to a apartment house in Berlin. It's the biggest wall painting in the world, and it covers 22,000 square meters.
Punk is alive and well -- at least in Myanmar. Documentary film-makers Alexander Dluzak and Carsten Piefke attended punk concerts, met Burmese hip-hop pioneers and met the country's first "girl group." Their film "Yangon Calling" offers an intriguing insight into a country that is only now emerging from decades of cultural and political isolation.