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Culture

What's On at Europe's Museums

The Tate Modern sets its sights on the world of contemporary photography, Richard Serra and others defy the laws of nature in Graz and Boteros' wanton nudes get their day in the equally opulent city of Venice.

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Botero's larger than life nudes on canvas are on show in Venice this summer.

Cruel and Tender in London

Tate Modern, London

The darling of all London galleries, the Tate Modern, is showing a new exhibition of photographs focusing on the modern world. More than 600 photographs by 20 artists are on show at the museum's "Cruel and Tender" show, which begins in the British capital next month. With works by Andreas Gursky, Walker Adams and Fazal Sheikh, the exhibition's curator hopes to show that photography is the one of the few mediums in which the modern world can be understood.

5th June - 7th September

Sundays - Thursdays 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. - 10 p.m.

Hard as Heaven in Graz

Graz, Austria

Installations, paintings and drawings from 120 artists from Fra Angelico to Richard Serra are on show this summer all across the historic Austrian city of Graz as part of the city's bid to become the European city of culture. The works, all under the title "Hard as Heaven" focus on the human desire to escape from the laws of nature. Most of the works are on display at the Joanneum State Museum and Center for Minorities, in which many of the installations are exhibited.

Until 15th July

Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.

Thursdays: 10 a.m. - 8 p.m.

Larger than life in Venice

Palazzo Ducale, Venice, Italy

The Colombian painter and sculptor, Fernando Botero is famous for his paintings of massive nudes in wanton poses. Now, Venice's Palazzo Ducale is showing 25 of his most recent works, all of which were painted in the last five years. Although he studied painting for a long time in Europe, his works are mostly inspired by south American culture and often caricature social criticism.

Until 13th July

Daily 9 a.m.- 7 p.m.

The writer as painter in Italy

Pinakothek Casa Rusca, Locarno, Switzerland

Friedrich Dürrenmatt might be most famous for his morality play: Der Besuch der alten Dame (The Visit), but he also had a great passion for painting. Now, in an exhibition entitled "Dürrenmatt: Pictures and Drawings" the Pinakothek Casa Rusca in Locarno, Switzerland is showing around 100 of the Swiss playwright's paintings, lithographs, collages and caricatures.

Until 17th August

Tuesday - Sunday 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Nazi Doctors: Conciously, without Conscience

Museum of Modern History, Berlin, Germany

The grizzly truths of Nazi medical experiments carried concentration camp victims are on show on at Berlin's Museum of Modern History this summer. From the gruesome decompression experiments carried out on Russian captives in Dachau to "Angel of Death" Josef Mengele's obsessive experiments on sets on twins, it is the first time the experiments have been shown outside of the former concentration camps. Although much of what went on in the clinics at Auschwitz, Ravensbrück, Dachau and Buchenwald is highly disturbing, the museum says the show is an attempt to change the common perception that the Nazi doctors were madmen and psychopaths. Although many were members of the National Socialist party, most academics agree that most of the doctors used the permissiveness of the regime to further their own careers.

Until 27th July

Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 5 pm, Wednesdays: 10 am – 7 pm, Mondays and public holidays: closed

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