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What's On At Europe's Museums

Indian pop culture in Berlin; previously unknown photos from the Spanish Civil War on show in Madrid; Western Art meets shamanism in Paris; Math in film in Vienna


India Today: Jitish Kallat's "Tragedienne"

In in India

House of World Cultures, Berlin

Inspired by the vibrant megalopolises of Bombay, Bangalore, Delhi and Calcutta, "body.city - New Perspectives from India" explores contemporary Indian culture. Two exhibitions form the heart of the series, which includes performances, concerts, film screenings, readings and colloquia. Curated by Geeta Kapur, one of India's foremost cultural historians, "SubTerrain: Artworks in the Cityfold" looks at the effect of social and political developments on artists' work. "Popular Indian Culture: The Conquest of the World as Picture" probes the development of popular culture from the 19th century until today, encompassing traditional iconographic motifs, the colonial period, Bollywood and Bhangra.

Sept. 19 - Nov. 16, Tuesday - Sunday, 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.

International Brigades Unpublished

Círculo de Bellas Artes, Madrid

Around 35,000 volunteers from throughout the world fought on the Republican side in the International Brigades during the Spanish Civil War (1936-1939). Photos of the idealists were published around the world but many still remain unseen, biding time in private hands, in attics and cellars. Journalist Michel Lefebvre, the son of a Spanish Republican, and historian Rémi Skoutelsky tracked down and curated an exhibition of the unpublished photos, which complements their recently released book with images from Robert Capa, David Seymour and Gerda Mayo among others.

Until Sept. 15, Thursday - Saturday 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. and 5:00p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Sunday 11:00 - 2:00 p.m.

Artists and Shamans

Fondation Cartier, Paris

Foto von Claudia Andujar

"Yanomami" means "human being"

Fondation Cartier sent twelve artists, including Tony Oursler and Gary Hill, to Brazil to develop art together with the Yanomami, hunter-gatherers who live in the Amazon. The artists were inspired by the tribe's shamanic practices. In return the Fondation helped pay for satellite mapping of the Yanomami's territory. "Yanomami: Spirit of the Forest" was conceived by anthropologist Bruce Albert and Yanomami shaman Davi Kopenawa and shows more than 100 works the artists produced.

Through Oct. 12, Tuesday - Sunday, 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Abstract Art and Maths in Motion

Künstlerhaus Wien, Vienna

Does abstract art make any sense anymore? And if it does, what does it mean? The exhibition "Abstraction Now" focuses on contemporary abstract art and its future -- in audio-visual media as well as in "classic" art disciplines like painting and sculpture. More than 90 international, contemporary artists, including Liam Gillick, Carsten Nicolai and Meta, contributed to the show. To complement the exhibition, the Künstlerhaus is also screening a film program called "Maths in Motion," which shows experimental films from the 1920s to today that deal with mathematical concepts, from Hans Richter and Lázló Moholy-Nagy to Ian Helliwell and Christopher Musgrave.

Until Sept. 28, daily 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursdays until 9:00 p.m.

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