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Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.


"Broken", Haus der Kunst, Munich
Munich's Haus der Kunst is sending its visitors into the basement. The exhibition is called "Broken," and it features slapstick and some very black humor. Videos with eerie effects, in what used to be the air raid shelter in the museum, which was built by the Nazis. It's place with a dark past. Now artworks are also revealing our darkest sides. Like Nathalie Djurberg's satirical "Hungry Hungry Hippos". Life can be diabolical sometimes - and so can art.


"L'Orfeo", Claudio Monteverdi, Munich Opernfestspiele
What's happened here? Monteverdi's Orpheo - Orpheus - surrounded by hippies. Smoking dope, dancing and, of course, singing. The story is well-known. Orpheus saves his young bride Euridice from the realm of the dead with his singing. Baritone Christian Gerhaher gives a brilliant performance as Orpheus. But the demons of the underworld catch up with the hero. Euridice has to return to the grave. This Orfeo is tragic, captivating and musically marvellous.

100th Anniversary of Tove Jansson’s birth

Tove Jansson 100th Anniversary oft he Artist's Birth
She was wild, eccentric, and ahead of her time - Finnish artist Tove Jansson. Her most famous figures, and an international success, were the Moomins. With their bulbous noses, they look soft and cuddly, but her stories are often dark and inscrutable. But Tove Jansson had other talents as well: she wrote novels and painted. Her self-portraits showcase her own life. Her favorite place was an island, where her free spirit found inspiration. She lived there until her death in 2001. The hundredth anniversary of her birth is being celebrated - in Finland and this fall at the Frankfurt Book Fair, where the country is the guest of honor.

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