Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.
Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography, Deichtorhallen Hamburg
Quick, spontaneous, experimental. The Leica. Its technology made a new kind of photography possible. Whole new worlds of images arose through this camera. A retrospective exhibition in Hamburg shows the best photos from 100 years of the Leica camera. It's convenient and dynamic. With the Leica, pictures could be taken unnoticed and discreetly. World-famous journalists used the Leica to take pictures that became icons of an entire era. The Leica -- a grand example of German industrial design and production.
"The Turn of the Screw", Staatsoper Berlin
It's fright night at Berlin' Staatsoper, as Benjamin Britten's "The Turn Of The Screw" plays with our perceptions. Featuring a governess and her two adolescent charges: Are the two youngsters innocent, or part of a plot? Is the governess dealing with actual ghosts, or her own demons? The confusion only adds to the fascination in this opera based on Henry James' gothic novella. And Britten's music amplifies the intrigue in this murder mystery with a difference - a truly haunting drama!
Alvar Aalto - Second Nature", Vitra Design Museum
The organic shapes, pioneering design and architectural innovation that made Alvar Aalto a landmark figure. An exhibition at the Vitra Design Museum in Weil am Rhein honors the legacy of the Finnish artist, who died in 1976. It covers his design and architecture, but also his BUSINESS innovation in his international furniture company Artek. Aalto maintained a close dialogue with leading artists of his time, such as Alexander Calder and Fernand Leger. That influence became manifest in Aalto's own avantgarde inventions. Alvar Aalto: architect, designer, and artist - an enlightening retrospective of a master of the modern era.