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Culture

What's on at Europe's Museums

Etruscan culture lives on in Kassel; Dada arrives in Venice and the Swedish city of Malmö turns the idea of the traditional museum on its heads in this week's European museum guide.

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South African artist William Kentridge's work is featured in Vienna's "Grief."

Artful Grief

Atelier Augarten, Vienna, Austria

An exhibition at Atelier Augarten, a branch of the Austrian Belvedere Gallery, examines how art deals with forms of suffering. "Grief" presents eight international artists who work with the topic employing a range of media. Cuban artist Felix Gonzalez-Torres uses a photograph of flowers on Gertrude Stein's grave to refer to the death of his partner. South African artist William Kentridge shows colorful comic figures suffering from emotional agony.

Through July 27, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Estruscan Remains

Museum for Sepulchral Culture, Kassel, Germany

The fascination for Etruscan art continues and is being fed by an exhibition of the late Otello Cambi's collection in Kassel. "The Etruscans: Furtive Discovery" consists of more than 500 pieces and documents Etruscan life from the early Villanova epoch and the late period of the Etruscan culture. The exhibition provides insights into the Etruscans' beliefs and way of life, despite the fact that the archeological finds almost all come from the necropoleis and graves.

Through June 20, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m., Wednesday 10:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Raoul Dufy Under the Influence

Maillol Museum, Paris, France

Raoul Dufy, die Badende

Raoul Dufy, "La Grande Baigneuse," 1913

In May 1905 Raoul Dufy discovered Matisse's painting " Luxe, calme et volupte" (Luxury, calm and voluptuousness), which had a profound effect on him. Under Matisse's influence, Dufy joined the Fauvist art movement and developed into one of the most influential painters of the early 20th century. The Paris Museum Maillol shows 125 of the artist's works in the exhibition "Raoul Dufy, un autre regard" (Raoul Dufy, Another View). The show focuses on Dufy's Fauve and "Cézannian" periods, exhibiting 125 oil paintings, watercolors and drawings the artist made between 1905 and 1914.

Until June 16, daily (except Tuesdays), 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Dadaists at the Cabaret Voltaire

Spazio Culturale Svizzero, Venice, Italy

The artistic and literary movement Dada left its mark on the world through provocation and protest from its inception in 1916. A large exhibition in the Zurich Cabaret Voltaire showed works from Dada representatives like Hans Arp, Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio de Chirico, Hans Richter and Amedeo Modigliani a year later. Now, an impressive show in the Swiss Embassy's cultural venue in Venice attempts to recreate the atmosphere of the time, presenting paintings, drawings and collages from the same artists who were in the 1917 Dada exhibition. "Dada in Zurich, Cabaret Voltaire, 1916-1920" exhibits more than 40 key dadaistic works.

Until June 22, daily (except Mondays), 10:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Swedish Universal Studios

Rooseum, Malmö, Sweden

For "Rooseum Universal Studios" the Malmö art venue has invited artists to produce projects or recreate existing projects to fit Malmö and the Rooseum, built in 1900 to house the local electricity utility's turbines. They may be offered just a night, a weekend or a week to realize their pieces. Research, production and social encounters are key to the project which is presented as an appropriate response to Malmö as "a working city where culture should be made more than it is consumed." Installations, films and performances will be conducted by artists from throughout Europe and the museum's opening hours will fluctuate to accommodate the various projects.

Until June 8 , Wednesday – Saturday, 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 12 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.



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