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Culture

What's On at Europe's Museums

Bonn mounts a retrospective of Paul Klee's Rhineland years; Vienna celebrates Friedrich Amerling's 200th birthday and the avant garde CoBrA movement is alive and well in Rome in this week's European museum calender.

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Paul Klee's works from his time spent in Düsseldorf are part of a new show in Bonn.

Paul Klee: the Rhineland years retrospective

Kunst und Ausstellungshalle der Bundesrepublik Deutschland, Bonn

Bonn, Germany's, Art and Exhibition Hall is currently showing a retrospective of Paul Klee's work produced during the years he spent in the Rhineland area of Germany. Klee spent around three years teaching at the Düsseldorf Academy there in the 1930s after getting to know the area through his friendship with German expressionist painter August Macke. The show, entitled "Paul Klee in the Rhineland," aims to explain and ponder the Swiss-born expressionist's relationship to the area.

Through June 9, Tuesdays and Wednesday 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Thursdays - Sundays and public holidays 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Friedrich Amerling 1803-1887

Vienna - Austrian Gallery, Belvedere

A portrait of Kaiser Franz I in full royal regalia was the painting upon which Friedrich Amerling founded his career. The Vienna-born painter is regarded as one of the most important portraitists of the Biedermeier era and became a beloved portraitist in high society 19th century Vienna. Amerling completed over 1,200 works during his life and the Austrian Gallery in Vienna is celebrating his 200th birthday by showing an equal number of his works.

Daily until June 22, 10 a.m. - 6.30 p.m. (closed Mondays)

Cézanne, Picasso and Dubuffet

Paris City Hall, Paris

Swiss collector Jean Planque was a friend to many of the best known artists of the 20th century -- and "From Cézanne to Dubuffet - the Jean Planque Collection," which is currently showing at Paris City Hall until July 27, is a selection of his private collection. The 170-piece set includes works by Monet, Bonnar, de Stael, van Gogh and Rouault and 15 works by Picasso.

Daily until July 27, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. (closed Mondays).

Vermeer in Madrid

Prado Musuem, Madrid

Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675) may have been one of the most-famous Dutch painters of the 17th century, but he only left the world around 35 works of art when he died. Now, a selection of those he did leave behind are on show at the Prado Museum in Madrid alongside additional works by contemporary Dutch painters. It's the first time Vermeer's paintings have been shown in Spain. The works are on loan from museums and art houses in Berlin, London, Amsterdam and New York.

Daily until May 18, 9 a.m. - 7 p.m. (closed Mondays)

Cobra: Colors of Freedom in Schiedam

Stedelijk Museum, Schiedam (near Rotterdam)

The post-war avant-garde CoBrA movement only spent a very short time in the artistic limelight after its formation in 1948 by a group of Dutch and Belgium painters and named after the cities where its members worked (Brussels, Copenhagen and Amsterdam.) The Stedelijk Museum in the Dutch city of Schiedam near Rotterdam has an extensive collection of the sculptures, painting and graphic art by members of the movement including Karel Apel, Corneille, Constant, Eugène Brands, Luebert and Anton Rooskens. They have recently been restored and the show runs until Sept. 28.

Tuesdays - Saturdays 11 a.m. - 5 p.m., Sundays 12.30 p.m. - 5 p.m. until Sept. 28.

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