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Culture

What's On at Europe's Museums

Cologne shows a Hopper retrospective; Milan houses Andy Warhol; Chinese ceramics stop in The Hague; Paris revisits impressionism; and Bonn exhibits Kupka and Macke.

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Hopper's 'Nighthawks' is on view in Cologne

Hopper in Cologne

The Museum Ludwig in Cologne is showing a comprehensive retrospective of the American painter Edward Hopper (1882-1967). His work is among the best-known and most important of American 20th century art. Works such as "Nighthawks" from the Chicago Art Institute have become icons of modern painting. The exhibition of approximately 70 paintings contains important loans from American museums and private collectors. Hopper’s unsparing realism determined the image of America. Loneliness and self-observation are the main themes in his painting. His imagery reached its peak of maturity in the 30s and 40s, as a combination of, and preparation for, the important developments in American art in the 50s and 60s – Abstract Expressionism and Pop Art. The exhibition is being organized in cooperation with the Tate Modern, London. Cologne is the only place other than London where this retrospective will be shown.

"Edward Hopper" runs through Jan. 9, 2005. The Museum Ludwig is open Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Marilyn, Mao & Co.

An Andy Warhol retrospective in Milan unites

Ausstellung im Museum Kunst Palast: Andy Warhol The late work

Andy Warhol's Mao

more than 200 works by the American pop art icon (1928-1987). The presentation "The Andy Warhol Show" comprises not only the famous silkscreen portraits of Mao, Marilyn Monroe, Liz Taylor and Elvis Presley, but also legendary oil paintings of Campbell's soup cans and Brillo boxes. These later works are considered symbols of the pop art movement. In addition, graphic works, drawings, news clippings films and photos are on view.

Andy Warhol at the Milan Triennale runs through January 9. Open Tuesday to Sunday, 10:30 a.m. until 8.30 p.m.

Chinese ceramics in The Hague

Gesatteltes Pferd

Saddled Horse, collection Gemeentemuseum Den Haag.

Ceramic figures from ancient Chinese graves are on view in the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague, beginning Oct. 30. The treasures, which wealthy Chinese used to have buried with them to accompany them to the other world, are from the Han and Tang dynasties (206 B.C. to 906 A.D.) For the most part, they represent human figures and animals. The exhibit, which runs through April 3, 2005 is made up of ceramic grave figures from the museum's own collection as well as collections in the Groningen Museum, the Leeuwarden Museum and Amsterdam's Reichsmuseum.

The Gemeentemuseum is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monet, Turner and Whistler in Paris

At the age of 30, Claude Monet settled in London, where he discovered the paintings

Waterloo Bridge

Claude Monet: Waterloo Bridge

of William Turner and became friends with the American painter James Whistler. "Turner, Whistler, Monet" in the Grand Palais in Paris shows the influence that both of these painters had on the "father of impressionism." Some 100 works will be compared. "The first paintings by Monet, which he did in London between 1899 und 1901, reflect the same light that can be found in watercolors and engravings from Turner and Whistler," according to exhibit organizers. The exhibit runs from Oct.13 through Jan.17.

The Grand Palais in Paris is open daily except Tuesday, from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., Wednesday until 10 p.m.

Kupka and Macke in Bonn

Color as a key creative element, and its relationship to music played a key role for František Kupka (1871-1957) and August Macke (1887-1914), as well as for other artists of their time. But both Kupka and Macke derived very different conclusions about music and color, and this exhibit -- works

August Macke Ausstellung in Berlin

"Elisabeth und Walterchen" by August Macke

from the Graphics Collection of the Kunstmuseum Bonn -- shows those differences. It includes gouaches, watercolors, and pastels from the collection of Jan and Meda Mladek, which is housed in the Museum Kampa, Prague. The paintings and drawings by August Macke belong to the art museum. The exhibit takes place concurrently with the International Beethovenfest in Bonn, which this year focuses on Czech music. A varied connection between the work of Kupka, who has referred to himself as a "color symphonist", and the music of Dvorák and other Czech composers will be made.

The Rhythm of Colors: Frantisek Kupka and August Macke will be on view through Nov. 21. The Kunstmuseum Bonn is open from Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., Wednesday to 9 p.m.

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