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What's on at Europe's Museums

The French look to the East; a mystic landscape master gets a retrospective in Liverpool; Klee's last works; and animals in ancient Rome


Experience a touch of the Far East in the French capital

France looks at China

Centre Pompidou, Paris

The show's title, "Alors, la Chine?" refers to a 1974 article by French philosopher Roland Barthes. It could be translated as "So China, What's Up?" In this case, what's up is an overview of the current Chinese art scene, on the occasion of the Year of China in France. Forty artists are represented, in disciplines as diverse as plastic arts, architecture, cinema, video, installation pieces and music. Yet the show doesn't aim to be an exhaustive panorama of Chinese cultural accomplishments. In a space totally free of decoration, the objects, paintings, sculptures and video screens are placed in the squares of an immense game of Go... and spread around a giant mock-up of ancient Beijing.

"Alors, la Chine?" runs until October 13, 2003, and is open every day except Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Paul Nash Retrospective

Tate Liverpool Gallery, Liverpool

Paul Nash (1889-1946) is one of the most important artists of the first half of the twentieth century and the most evocative landscape painter of his generation. This retrospective exhibition explores the quality of 'Englishness' in Nash's work and attempts to combine his commitment to modernism with a visionary approach to nature and landscape. Best known for his work as an official war artist, producing some of the most memorable images of both the First and Second World Wars, Nash was also a pioneer of modernism in Britain. In 1933 he co-founded the influential modern art movement Unit One with fellow artists Henry Moore and Barbara Hepworth, and the critic Herbert Read. It was a short-lived but important move towards the revitalization of English art in the inter-war period. Nash, however, found his personal inspiration in the English landscape and he saw himself in the tradition of English mystical painters. He was particularly drawn to landscapes with a sense of ancient history, and painted them repeatedly.

"Paul Nash (1889-1946)" runs until October 19, 2003, Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 a.m. until 5:50 p.m. Closed September 3.

Late works from Paul Klee

Fondation Beyeler, Basel

With a special exhibit, the Basel Gallery Fondation Beyeler is highlighting Paul Klee's later works. More than 100 paintings and prints from the period from 1933 to 1940 are on display. "The show presents meaningful examples of Klee's last creative period, showing a seamless melange of cheerfulness, irony, and tragedy," a spokesperson for the gallery says. The painter and graphic artist Klee (1879-1940) was born near Bern, Switzerland. He belonged to the "Blaue Reiter" (Blue Rider) school. He was defamed by the National Socialists as creating degenerate art.

"Late Works from Paul Klee" runs until November 9, 2003, daily from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays until 8:00 p.m.

Alle Meine Tiere… an animal exhibit for kids and grown-ups

Römisch Germanisch Museum, Cologne

The exhibition “Alle Meine Tiere...” is addressed especially to children, teenagers, and their parents. In the public collection of the museum the emphasis is on the wide variety of representations of animals. In a special exhibition, pictorial themes from the Roman animal world are explained. What was the relationship between animals and people in the times of the ancient Romans? Animals; pets, domesticated animals and wild animals, have since prehistoric times been the daily companions of man. From bear baiting to falconry and beyond, the exhibit looks at animals in mythology, sacrifice rituals, as luxury amusements for Roman emperors, and their place in sport, work and war.

"Alle meine Tiere..." runs until January 11, 2004 , from Tuesday to Sunday, 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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