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What's On at Europe's Museums

Berlin falls in love with John F. Kennedy again, London relives the swinging sixties and a museum in Naples takes a new look at German artist Anselm Kiefer.


Previously unseen photos from the turbulent lives of the Kennedys are on show in Berlin

J.F.K. is still a Berliner

Camerawork , Berlin

This lovingly assembled exhibition looks all set to rekindle Berlin's fascination with legendary U.S. President John F. Kennedy. It includes some 600 photographs, many previously unseen, as well a collection of memorabilia and personal possessions such as the well-worn black leather Hermès briefcase he took with him everywhere, including on his final and fatal trip to Dallas in November 1963. Another centerpiece of the show is a black pillbox hat worn by first lady and fashion icon Jackie Kennedy on the couple's trip to Germany earlier the same year. Curators say the aim of the show is to present a chronological journey through the life of the Kennedys, providing a glimpse of the man behind the myth, as well as fascinating insights into what was an extraordinary but troubled life.

"The Kennedys" runs through September 10, Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. , Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m .

Cool Britannia, Sixties Style

Tate Britain , London

Joe Tilson Transparency, the Five Senses: Taste 1969 Tate Britain Art and the 60s: This Was Tomorrow 30 June - 26 September 2004

This exhibition at London's landmark Tate gallery looks at the new forms of art that emerged in Britain between 1956 and 1968 and includes some of the best-known artists of the last fifty years, such as David Hockney, Richard Hamilton, Peter Blake and Bridget Riley -- all key figures in the social revolution that went down in history as the "swinging sixties." The show captures the spirit of this seminal decade of change in post-war Britain -- which saw the gradual emergence of the consumer society we still inhabit today as well as a unique youth culture, with television taking hold of people's imaginations and attitudes to class and sex relaxing more than ever before. The broad range of exhibits includes work that celebrates popular culture and its relationship to innovations in design, television, advertising and packaging -- as well as art that takes a more critical stance towards modern society.

"Art and 60s: This Was Tomorrow" runs from June 30 through October 3 and is open Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5:40 p.m.

Monument to Now

Deste Foundation, Center for Contemporary Art, Athens

Urs Fischer, Monument to Now Pick a Moment You Don´t Pick, 2003 231x 311 x 8 cm

This striking exhibition of current trends in contemporary art showcases the works of the most influential international artists of the past decade. Many of the works on show are borrowed from the Dakis Joannou Collection, a leading collection of new international art last presented in the exhibition Everything That's Interesting Is New at The Factory in Athens in 1996. New acquisitions include works by Robert Gober, Jeff Koons, Charles Ray, Christopher Wool and Urs Fischer (picture). Eight years later, the artists represented appear far more involved with humanistic issues and popular culture, while many of the works reflect an interest in illusion, narrative and decoration, as well as the ever-expanding dialogue between art, fashion, music and design.

" Monument to Now" runs through December 31 and is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Hollywood and 'La Dolce Vita'

Palazzo Venezia, Rome

Marcello Mastroianni und Sophia Loren

A glamorous exhibition dedicated to the 1950s and 60s in Rome comprises more than 400 original vintage prints documenting the Hollywood stars and members of the international jet set who flocked to the Eternal City during those decades. This rare selection of photographs captures the racy atmosphere of the era, complete with all all the legendary betrayals and scandals. The exhibits have been culled from the archives of paparazzi such as Tazio Secchiaroli, Marcello Geppetti and Pier Luigi Praturlon, who tirelessly tracked the movements of a host of jet setters including Brigitte Bardot, Sophia Loren, Omar Sharif, Anita Ekberg, Frederico Fellini and Marcello Mastroianni, creating a canon of celebrity portraits guaranteed to warm the hearts of the star-struck.

"A Flash of Art - Action Photography in Rome 1953 - 1973" runs through October 3 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kiefer in Naples

Museo Archeologico Nazionale Napoli

Der deutsche Künstler Anselm Kiefer, Titel: Margarete

Anselm Kiefer, "Margarete"

Currently on display in Naples' Archaeological Museum is a series of large contemporary sculptures and paintings by the acclaimed but controversial German artist Anselm Kiefer, including his seminal pieces "Sefer Hechalot" and "20 Jahre Einsamkeit." Born in Germany in 1945, Kiefer's complex work explores Germany's recent history with reference to Mesopotamic culture and other remote civilizations and has shifted in recent years towards a more beautiful, affirmative vision. The show is part of the Campania Region's Annali delle Arti contemporary art initiative that began in 2003.

The Anselm Kiefer exhibition runs through September 6 and is open daily except Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

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