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What's on at Europe's Museums

Düsseldorf celebrates African art, the queen opens her closets in London, Salzburg turns on the lights and Berlin compares Mapplethorpe photographs with classical art.


Same muscles, different centuries: The Mapplethorpe show in Berlin

Africa in Düsseldorf

Afrika Remix Ausstellung Museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf

Yinka Shonibare (Nigeria): Victorian Philanthropist's Parlour, 1996-1997

A major exhibition of contemporary African art recently opened at the museum Kunst Palast in Düsseldorf: "Afrika Remix. Contemporary art of a continent" includes 88 artists from 25 countries and works in the areas of film, literature, music, architecture and design as well as visual art. Most of the works were completed during the last decade. The exhibition includes newly commissioned works and live performances. Apart from renowned artists, works from younger and lesser known artists are also on show. The exhibition has been organized together with London's Hayward Gallery, the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris and the Mori Art Museum in Tokyo.

Afrika remix runs through Nov. 7 and is open Tuesday through Sunday from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Queen's Clothes in London

Queen feiert Goldenes Thronjubiläum

This 2002 outfit won't be included in the exhibition

Other people might consider these dresses deluxe Sunday attire, but this woman wears them every day: Britain's Queen Elizabeth II has opened her closets to museum curators, who have picked the most stunning outfits for a new exhibition at London's Kensington Palace. "She has an exquisite taste and is very glamorous," said Joanna Marschener, the exhibition's curator. Complementing the palace's Royal Ceremonial Dress Collection, "Memories of Royal Occasion 1945 -1972" recalls some historic events and state visits. It includes a striking ivory silk satin dress the queen wore to open Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand in 1963 and an A-line shift dress and matching jacket worn at the ceremony held in Greenwich at which Elizabeth knighted Francis Chichester on 7 July 1967. The queen's 1945 army uniform and a riding outfit are also on display.

The exhibition runs through July 23, 2005 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Light Art in Salzburg

Salzburger Museum: Einleuchten

Tim Noble & Sue Webster: Fucking Beautiful, 2000

Just in time for the Salzburg Festival 2004, the newly erected Museum der Moderne Salzburg Mönchsberg is opening its doors to visitors: "light" assembles top-class contemporary artists who work with light. The exhibition includes works by artists such as Jenny Holzer, Paul McCarthy and Olafur Eliasson and is meant to give visitors a chance to take in the museum's minimalist architecture.

"Light" runs through Aug. 31 and is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Wednesdays until 9 p.m.

Mapplethorpe in Berlin

"Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition: Photographs and Mannerist Prints" is the name of a new exhibition at Deutsche Guggenheim museum in Berlin. With over 120 objects, the exhibition explores the dialogue between the photographic work of Robert Mapplethorpe (1946-1989) and classic art, in particular late-16th-century Dutch mannerist prints, in which the artists often violated classical canons of perfect proportions. Figures were not only nude, but elongated and elaborate in a near vertiginous fashion, indicating the mannerists' mastery of anatomy. The electric and emotive potency of love and Eros, which informs many of the mannerist works in the exhibition, is expressed as well in the work of Robert Mapplethorpe, whose sometimes shocking photographs reveal compelling strength and a nervous energy.

The exhibition runs through Oct. 17 and is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. and until 10 p.m. on Thursdays.

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