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Culture

What's On at Europe's Museums

The best of Dürer in Vienna, papal treasures on display in Utrecht, the many faces of Europe in Graz, and Paris shows the latest from China.

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The exhibition "Alors, la Chine?" (What's New in China?) at the Centre Pompidou in Paris.

Dürer in Vienna

Albrecht Dürer Ausstellung in Wien Hase

Albrecht Dürer in Vienna.

The most comprehensive Dürer exhibition assembled in decades is currently on display in Vienna at the Albertina Museum. The collection, spanning the entire life work of Albrecht Dürer (1471-1528), includes self portraits, portraits, studies and later works including religious pieces. A large portion of Dürer's work on display comes from the Albertina's collection, supplemented by loans from New York, London, Florence, Madrid, Paris and Berlin. The Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel and the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer are the patrons of the exhibition. It will remain on display until November 30th.

Until Nov. 30, daily 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Wednesdays 10:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m.

Papal Splendor in the Netherlands

Wasser und Wein

Wine- and water ampulla on a tray belonging to Pope Leo XIII (1878-1903)

150 years after the readmission of Catholic bishops into the Netherlands, the Pope has allowed treasures from the Vatican's sacristy to be loaned out for a special exhibition at the Museum Catharijneconvent in Utrecht. The 100 pieces made from gold and silver -- some adorned with precious stones -- were fashioned in the last two hundred years for eleven different popes. Among the treasures: the crowning tiara of Johannes XXIII, the ring worn by Pius XII, goblets, ritual books, mitres, and other relics.

Until Nov. 30, Tuesday - Friday 10:00 a.m. - 5 p.m., Saturday - Sunday 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

"Europamemoria" in Graz: The Fate of Europe

Europamemoria

europamemoria in Graz

Graz, this year's European cultural capital, is offering special insight into the fate of Europeans, with a moving documentary exhibition at the Dom im Berg at the Graz Castle. The exhibition, the work of Austrian filmmaker Ruth Beckermann, tells the story of 25 men and women, whose experiences were recorded on video -- no more than a few sentences each -- and are now projected on the walls of one of 25 tiny cabins fitting no more than two people. Among those included in the exhibition: the author Paula Jacques, the architect Jan Tabor and the journalist Peter Liebers. They were all forced to leave their homes and start anew elsewhere in Europe. Their personal stories of flight and displacement -- projected in such tiny spaces -- offer an emotional and many-sided portrait of Europe.

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

Paris Shows the Latest From China

Centre Pompidou in Paris is offering a peek into the latest art trends from China with its exhibition, "Alors, la Chine?" (What's New in China?). More than 60 works of art, including paintings, installations, photographs and videos from more than 50 contemporary artists, are on display. The exhibition is the first in the series entitled "France in Chinese Characters".

Until Oct. 13, daily (except Tuesdays) 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. and Thursdays 11:00 a.m. - 11:00 p.m.

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