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What's On at Europe's Museums

The Aztecs hit Berlin after their phenomenal success in London, American life is caricatured in Basel, imperial opulence is at home in Vienna and filmmaker Syberberg turns installation artist at the Centre Pompidou.


"The Aztecs" is on in Berlin until August

The Aztecs invade Berlin Martin Gropius Bau, Berlin

One of the most extensive exhibitions charting the life and times of the Aztecs is now on show in the German capital, Berlin. Six years in the making, "The Aztecs" traces the life and times of the central Mexican civilisation whose cultural heritage was one of the the most impressive in the world between the 12th and 14th century. Around 350 artefacts are on show at Berlin's Martin Gropius Bau. Monumental statues of animals, objects in gold, turquoise and Jade, examples of ancient manuscripts and objects that were used in human sacrificial ceremonies make up the show which was organized by the Royal Academy of Art in London and runs until August.

Daily through August, except Tuesdays 10 a.m. – 8 p.m. American caricatures in Basel Caricature and Cartoon Museum, Basel, Switzerland

Arnold Roth has spent half a century of wickedness, putting his pen to work caricaturing American daily life. Now a selection of cartoons are on show in Basel's Caricature and Cartoon Museum. The retrospective –- "Arnold Roth Free Lance" –- is stopping off in the Swiss city, after showing in Philadelphia, Columbus, San Francisco, New York and London. Twelve additional works have been added to the Basel exhibition, donated by Roth to the museum.

May 17th – November 2nd

Wednesdays – Saturdays 2 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Sundays 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

The Kaiser at home in Vienna Vienna, Austria

Life was pretty luxurious in the imperial German household. Scenes from Shakespeare's, A Midsummer Night's Dream adorned the walls of the Kaiser's bedroom, setting off the huge high baroque period bed. Now, the city museum in Vienna has reconstructed the opulent interiors of the imperial Hermesvilla in a new exhibition in the Austrian capital. The Empress Elizabeth, by contrast, closely guarded her private space and forbade any photography of her private quarters. The museum has reconstructed the extent of her opulent home furnishings in plans and drawings.

April – September: Tuesdays – Sundays and public holidays 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.

October – March: Tuesday – Sundays 9 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.

Hans Jürgen Syberberg in Paris

Centre Pompidou, Paris

Hans Jürgen Syberberg was regarded as one of the most innovative filmmakers of the 1970s when he made "Requiem for a Virgin King" and "Hitler, a Film from Germany." Now, 15 years later, the German director is on show in France, this time, as an installation artist. At the center of the exhibition –- "Syberberg/Paris/Nossendorf" -- at Paris' famous Centre Pompidou is a video installation of Syberberg's hometown, Nossendorf. With the help of a webcam, Syberberg takes visitors on a trip through the village where he was born in 1935. Alongside the installations, 22 of Syberberg's films will be shown.

May 5th - June 9th

Daily (except Tuesdays) 11 a.m. – 21 a.m.

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