Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
"Artists against AIDS", Bundeskunsthalle Bonn
This exhibition in Bonn is different -- it is for a good cause. Fighting AIDS. Sixty-three works are on show, all donated to the German Aids Foundation by the artists -- There are works by renowned artists Olafur Eliasson, Katherina Sieverding, Rosemarie Trockel and Tony Cragg, among others. The auction is on May 15th , and the proceeds will go towards helping people with HIV or AIDS in Germany and Africa.
"The Flying Dutchman", Staatsoper Berlin
Wagner's Flying Dutchman has opened at the Staatsoper in Berlin. In a nutshell -- a ghost captain is condemned to roam the seas until he is redeemed by the pure love of the young innocent Senta. But things don't turn out too well. The production by Philipp Stölzl premiered in 2009 in Basel. His female protagonist is a young woman trying to flee her constricting, bourgeois world, and a forced marriage. The result: a successful mix of dark, morbid crime thriller and swashbuckling Hollywood movie.
"Dagobert", Debut Album
Dagobert is from the Swiss Alps. And the cool dandy is now conquering the hipsters of Berlin. His debut album has just been released. Dagobert cant be pigeonholed. His smalzy love songs draw on folk, pop and synth music. He takes his schlager serious. And his fans seem to love his refusal to play the mainstream schlager game.