Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
National Gallery Prize for Young Art, Shortlist 2015
In Berlin's Hamburger Bahnhof this fall, one of Germany's most respected art prizes, the National Gallery Prize for Young Art, will be awarded for the eighth time. Arts 21 is a media partner. The nominated artists have already been selected. They come from Denmark, Iraq, Poland, and Germany and their work ranges from performances to installations. Painting isn't in the running. One nominee is Christian Falsnaes. The Danish artist involves his audience in wild, spontaneous performances that question male stereotypes. "Slavs and Tatars", meanwhile, perform anonymously. Their theme is Eurasia, the realm between Eastern Europe and China. They create bridges between cultures with books and rituals. Who will win the prize? We'll let you know this coming fall.
Fritz Lang, Propyläen Verlag Publishing
Fritz Lang, director of classic silent films such as "Metropolis" and "Die Nibelungen", was a perfectionist and a control freak. A lot has been written about his work, but not much about his life. His first biography in German has now been published. It sheds light on Fritz Lang's personal life. He had many romances, often with his actresses. But he was always restless and driven. He once said, "Cinema is no second life – it is my one and only." In 1933, he fled Germany; he didn't want the Nazis using him -- or persecuting him because his mother was Jewish. Despite carving out a successful career in Hollywood, he never felt at home there. In the 1950s, Fritz Lang returned to Germany, but did little directing, in part because he was going blind. Norbert Grob's biography now allows us see his films with new eyes.
Klebebande, Berlin Art Collective
Meet the "Klebebande". In German, their name is a pun that binds "adhesive tape" and "gang". The three members of "Klebebande" create art from heavy-duty colored tape. They're currently preparing an exhibition called "Urban Jungle": pictures of animals, crafted with strips of tape. Bars, galleries, facades, billboards. Everything looks better with a bit of duct tape! These three young men from Berlin – Bruno, Bodo, Kolja – are in the vanguard of the movement. And they are able to live from their art. The three artists are constantly taping things, by night and by day. And not always with official permisison. The "Klebebande: art that sticks in your mind!