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Radar

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

RADAR: The Vikings

The Vikings, Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

Legendary see-farers - and infamous pillagers. A thousand years ago, the notorious Norsemen terrorised the coasts of Europe. And now the Vikings have returned! After conquering London, the new exhibition has settled in Berlin. The Vikings' reputation has enjoyed a romanticised rebrand in recent years. The exhibition goes deeper, with some 800 artefacts bringing the wild warrior-people back to life. On display for the first time: the "Roskilde 6" - the largest Viking ship thus far discovered. The curators were also involved in a new German TV docu-drama on the role of Viking women. New discoveries about the conqueror-explorers, as the Vikings take Berlin.


RADAR: The Perfect Shot

The Perfect Shot, Directed by: Sebastian Dehnhardt

Basketball is big in the United States, and Dirk Nowitzki is a king of the court. The one-time Most Valuable Player of the N-B-A is 10th on the league’s all-time scoring list, and in 2011 he guided the Dallas Mavericks to their first ever championship. The documentary "The Perfect Shot" provides a frank and personal view and shows a towering presence, but not worried about being brought back down to earth. A look at the highs and lows of a giant of the game.


RADAR: Anonymous Country

"North Korea Anonymous Country, teNeues Publishing Group

Mass choreographies in praise of a draconian dictator dynasty - North Korea as its known to the outside world. Now a new book of photographs provides pictures not staged by the regime - human insights into the most secluded country in the world. A society in turns alien and refreshingly familiar – snapshots taken by Julia Leeb.
Although she was permanently shadowed by secret police, the photojournalist managed to capture an emotive portrait of the country. From god-like leaders to ordinary street scenes, circus or fairground. "Anonymous Country" opens a window into a society where personality is repressed, by giving a face to the individual.

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