Music & Arts

Hitler exhibition in Berlin bunker asks: How could it happen?

BERLIN (Reuters) – More than 70 years after Adolf Hitler committed suicide in his Berlin bunker in the final days of World War Two, an exhibition in the capital examines how he became a Nazi and what turned ordinary Germans into murderers during the Third Reich. For decades it was taboo in Germany to focus on Hitler, although that has begun to change with films such as the 2004 “Downfall”, chronicling the dictator’s last days, and an exhibition about him in 2010. The exhibition “Hitler – how could it happen” ...

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British tulle artist Benjamin Shine launches New York exhibit

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Artist Benjamin Shine hopes the launch of a new installation featuring his signature tulle fabrics in a New York department store window display at Bergdorf Goodman will inspire passersby to pause and self-reflect. The exhibition, titled “Seeing Through The Material,” consists of five individual installations, each created by manipulating a single length of tulle – a lightweight, fine, silklike fabric – and exploring ideas of invisibility, solidity and flux. “I love making anything out of one piece,” Shine said in a recent interview at his studio ...

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Wagner-loving Merkel has night at opera with husband

BAYREUTH, Germany (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel walked the red carpet before the country’s press on Tuesday as she attended the annual Bayreuth Wagner opera festival with her husband. Slideshow (13 Images) The pair attended the opening day of the month-long festival, which was founded by Wagner in 1876. The event has been a fixture on the couple’s social calendar in recent years. Both Merkel and her husband, Joachim Sauer, who generally stays out of the spotlight, are known to be big fans of the 19th century German composer’s ...

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Drawing in the customers in Mogadishu

MOGADISHU, Somalia (Reuters) – A collection of yawing mouths and extracted teeth, booming stereo speakers and colorful hookah pipes adorn shop fronts in Somalia, a colorful contrast to the airbrushed artworks of big business. Somali mural artist Muawiye Hussein Sidow, also known as “Shik Shik”, is the man responsible for the art that features on more than 100 shops, including barbers, tea shops and supermarkets across Mogadishu. Click here for photo essay: reut.rs/2uG2MSo Sidow’s work has a hand-drawn simplicity, usually involving bright, eye-catching colors. Some pieces stretch over several meters. ...

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Exhibit in New York celebrates life of Muppets creator Jim Henson

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A new exhibit featuring the work of Muppets creator Jim Henson will go on permanent display in New York City on Saturday to celebrate the career of the American puppeteer who brought to life such characters as Miss Piggy and Big Bird. “The Jim Henson Exhibition,” housed in a new gallery space funded by the City of New York at the Museum of the Moving Image, features more than 300 artifacts related to Henson’s career, including 47 puppets, character sketches, storyboards, scripts, photographs, iconic costumes and ...

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Samples taken from Salvador Dali's body to resolve paternity suit

FIGUERAS, Spain (Reuters) – Forensic scientists and legal experts began taking DNA samples from the embalmed body of Spanish surrealist artist Salvador Dali on Thursday to try to resolve a paternity claim. Maria Pilar Abel, who was born in 1956 in the northern Spanish town of Figueras – Dali’s home town and the place he is buried – claims her mother had an affair with the painter and has been trying to prove she is his daughter for years. Slideshow (9 Images) When Dali died in 1989, aged 84, his ...

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Shakespeare play accused of walking on the grave of England's Richard III

LONDON (Reuters) – A sold-out performance of Shakespeare’s “Richard III” was set go ahead on Wednesday despite attempts to stop the play taking place at the final resting place of the last English king to die in battle. Richard, one of England’s most controversial monarchs, was reburied at Leicester Cathedral in 2015 after his remains were discovered under a local authority car park some 530 years after he was slain at the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485. Shakespeare depicted him in his play as a cruel, sadistic, tyrannical hunchback ...

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Spanish police recover 3 stolen Francis Bacon paintings

MADRID (Reuters) – Spanish police recovered three of five paintings by Irish-born artist Francis Bacon that were stolen from a Madrid home in 2015, they said on Wednesday. The paintings were estimated to be worth more than 25 million euros ($ 29 million). Three people were arrested in January in connection with the thefts after police raided homes in the Madrid region and seized arms, safe-cracking manuals and oxy-fuel cylinders used for cutting metal. Police gave no more details on the recovered art works. Reporting by Alba Asenjo; Writing by ...

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Jane Austen takes pride of place on Britain's new plastic tenner

WINCHESTER, England (Reuters) – The Bank of England unveiled its first plastic 10 pound note on Tuesday, which features 19th century British novelist Jane Austen and will be available to the public from September. The central bank has printed an initial run of a billion of the new notes, which are known in Britain as “tenners”, after last year’s launch of a five pound note made from a polymer film that the BoE said is more durable and harder to forge. Tuesday marks the 200th anniversary of Austen’s death. The ...

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Woman in Dali paternity suit says just seeking the truth

MADRID (Reuters) – A woman whose paternity suit has prompted a Spanish court to order the exhumation of surrealist artist Salvador Dali’s body said she was simply seeking the truth about her family. Dali, who died in 1989 aged 84, will be disinterred on July 20 so that DNA samples can be taken after protracted attempts by Maria Pilar Abel to prove she is his daughter. “(I’m searching) for my identity, to find out who I am. I just want the truth to be known,” Abel told Reuters in an ...

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