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What's On at Europe's Museums

Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas in Berlin; Confucian philosophy in Paris and a German town celebrates eight decades of Catalan artist Antoni Tàpies.

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Koolhaas in Asia: The Chinese state television headquarters in Beijing are scheduled for completion in 2008

The Cool World of Koolhaas

Neue Nationalgalerie, Berlin

Berlin is the site of the biggest-ever exhibition of influential Dutch architect and Pritzker Prize winner Rem Koolhaas. The show, a collaboration between Koolhaas' Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) and Berlin's museums, reviews the architecture and design work of OMA and the star architect's think-tank AMO. Collaborative work between OMA-AMO and artists and designers like New York video artist Tony Oursler are included in the show. Designed by Koolhaas, the Dutch Embassy in Berlin is due to be completed in 2003.

"Content - Rem Koolhaas and OMA/AMO. Constructions, Projects and Concepts since 1996" is on show from November 15, 2003 to January 18, 2004 and will then open in Rotterdam in March. The exhibition is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and weekends from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Children's Souls by Salgado

Art and Exhibition Hall of Germany, Bonn

Images of refugee children taken by Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado will be shown by the German Foundation for the U.N. Refugee Agency starting this Friday in Bonn. The 90 black and white portraits reveal "fear, sadness, hope and pride as well as an enormous will to survive." "In their eyes one can look into their soul as if through a window," the photographer says. He shot the photos in 43 countries over a period of six years.

"Children of Migration" runs from November 14, 2003 through February 1, 2004. The exhibition is open Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Thursdays through Sundays from 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Getting to Know Confucius

Guimet Asian Art Museum, Paris

Konfuzius

Confucius in silk

Not much is known in the West about Confucius, one of China's most important philosophers. The exhibition "Confucius, At the Dawn of Chinese Humanism" tries to give Western viewers insight into the master's life, his work and his significance. The exhibition shows more than 100 contemporaneous sculptures, paintings, ceramics and other objects from his time (551-479 B.C.) along with those that depict him. The show examines both his ideas and the way Chinese officialdom appropriated his thoughts over time, as well as the impact China, as a Confucian country, has had on Europe and its philosophers.

The exhibition "Confucius, At the Dawn of Chinese Humanism" runs until January 14, 2004. From May to August it will be shown in Barcelona. The museum is open Wednesday through Monday from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Tàpies Turns 80

Kunsthalle Emden, Emden, Germany

Ohne Titel/ Untitled, 1961

An untitled work by Antoni Tapies

Contemporary Spanish artist Antoni Tàpies, who turns 80 on Dec. 13, will be honored with a retrospective in the northwestern German city of Emden. The exhibition focuses on the Catalan's works on paper, from early self-portraits to his newest creations. Tàpies worked closely with the Emden Kunsthalle to mount the exhibition.

"Antoni Tàpies, Works on Paper 1943-2003" runs from November 15, 2003 to January 25, 2004. The exhibition is open Tuesday 10 a.m. - 8 p.m., Wednesday - Friday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. and on weekends and holidays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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