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What's on at Europe's Museums

Amsterdam celebrates Van Gogh's 150th birthday, Milan shows a provocative Helmut Newton collection, John F Kennedy's myth lives on in Berlin and Salvador Dali makes a splash in southern Germany.

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Helmut Newton's "Yellow Press" series in Milan, Italy.

Tribute to master of still life

Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is celebrating the 150th birthday of Dutch post-impressionist master Vincent van Gogh (1853 to 1890) with an exhibition titled "Gogh Modern". The exhibition explores the painter’s own influence on some of the most important artists of the postwar period and shows about 80 enduring works of art from artists such as Abramovic, Baselitz, De Kooning, Kiefer, Pollock and Warhol interspersed with 25 works by Van Gogh himself. The exhibition is a testimony to how relevant Van Gogh’s art remains today. The presentation is divided into five sections, each featuring a different aspect of Van Gogh’s influence on contemporary art and includes paintings, videos and sculptures.

June 27 to October 12 – daily from 10.00 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Ich bin ein Berliner"

German Historical Museum, Berlin

Last week, Berliners celebrated the 40th anniversary of former U.S. President John F Kennedy’s legendary visit to Berlin at the height of the cold war and his famous words "Ich bin ein Berliner" uttered during a speech in West Berlin. An exhibition, "John F. Kennedy" at the newly-opened wing of the Deutsches Historisches Museum (German Historical Museum) in Berlin now pays tribute to the life, politics, legacy and myth of Kennedy. Over 400 photographs, books, election material, clothing and original documents showcase the German-American relationship, the American intervention for Berlin’s freedom, the building of the Berlin wall and Kennedy’s Berlin visit as well as the former communist east’s perception of Kennedy. An exploration of Kennedy the man -- his charisma, youthfulness and his intelligence -- form the core of the exhibition.

June 26 to October 13, 2003 – daily from 10.a.m. to 6 p.m.

Designed to shock

Galleria CarlaSozzani, Milan

For some, 82-year-old Helmut Newton is one of the most significant photographers, for others his work remains controversial and pornographic. But whether hated or revered, Newton’s shock photographs never fail to tell stories or spark fantasies, dreams and desires. The Galleria Carla Sozzani in Milan is exhibiting pictures belonging to the "Yellow Press" series of the Berlin-born lensman. Newton, notorious for his cold, stylish portraits of naked women, drew on partly violent and gruesome pictures from magazines such as "True Crimes" and "True Detective" for the series and then used these as a basis for his novel fashion shots.

Till July 27, 2003 – daily from 10.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m., Wed and Thursday from 10.30 a.m. to 9.00 p.m., Monday from 3.30 p.m. to 7.30 p.m.

Of surrealism and dreamy imagery

Villa Desauer, Bamberg, Germany

The Villa Desauer in the southern German city of Bamberg pays tribute to Salvador Dali, one of the 20th century’s most famous surrealist artists, with a large exhibition titled "Salvador Dali – Golden Age". Over 300 sketches, watercolors, lithographs, first-publications, books and sculptures from the private collection of Bamberg-based art dealer Richard H. Mayer pay testimony to the richly versatile art of the enigmatic and flamboyant Spanish artist. Dali rose to prominence in Europe and in the U.S. in the 1920s and 1930s, hugely influenced by Picasso’s cubism and Freud’s theory of the unconscious. His latter paintings were more realistic and filled with religious and scientific imagery.

Until September 7, 2003 – Tuesday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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