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Helmut Jahn obituary

Architect known for his flamboyant, postmodernist buildings in Chicago, Berlin and cities around the worldStanding on a corner of downtown Chicago as a dazzling rocket ship of mirrored glass and salmon pink steel, the James R Thompson Center, more than any other building, encapsulates the flamboyant oeuvre of the German-American architect Helmut Jahn, who has died aged 81 in a cycling accident. The glitzy government building, originally known as the State of Illinois Center, is a fitting monumen...
Tags: Design, Germany, US news, Chicago, Architecture, Philadelphia, Helmut Jahn, James R Thompson Center, Chicago Berlin, State of Illinois Center


As Glaciers Melt, Relics From WWI’s Alpine Front Emerge

On the 10K Mount Scorluzzo in Italy, “the Austro-Hungarian soldiers who occupied those barracks were fighting Italian troops in what became known as the White War. There in the Alps — removed from the more famous Western Front, a site of bloody trench warfare between Germany and France — troops climbed to precarious heights in the stinging cold to carve fortifications into the rock and snow.” Now everything they abandoned in 1918 is coming to a museum. – The New York Times
Tags: Art, France, Germany, Italy, Visual, Mount Scorluzzo, 05.08.21


BMW Art Cars Exhibited

BMW art cars debuted today, using artificial intelligence (AI) software to generate new works of art. In conjunction with Frieze New York, the fair takes place in Manhattan from May 5 – 9, 2021. Frieze New York has works of art from over 60 galleries, mainly located in New York. A viewing room with over 160 […] The post BMW Art Cars Exhibited appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Art, New York, Design, Technology, Media, Germany, Advertising, Marketing, Events, Artificial Intelligence, Luxury, Manhattan, Autos, Bmw, Ai, Sales And Marketing


Under the Pavement Lies the Strand: Berliners build a feminist future

Part of the New German Cinema boom, Helma Sanders-Brahms’ 1975 film about two actors asks if theatre still has revolutionary potentialThe stage on screen: more films about theatreGrischa Huber, the magnetic German star who died this year aged 76, became a feminist icon in European cinema with one of her first features. She was an established stage performer by the time she was cast by director Helma Sanders-Brahms as a politically engaged theatre actor in the film Unter dem Pflaster ist der Stra...
Tags: Health, Europe, Film, France, Germany, Women, Theatre, Society, World news, Culture, Feminism, Stage, Abortion, World cinema, Huber, Grischa


Germany Takes Care Of Its Opera Houses, Even Through COVID — But There’s A Problem

“‘What we learned in the crisis was that the public purse was very much willing to keep [opera] alive in Germany,’ says Dieter Haselbach, a German cultural sociologist and consultant. ‘But in the long run the state-funded system covers a structural crisis which is an oversupply of theaters and opera houses, with [growing] competition from digital performances.'” – The Christian Science Monitor
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, 04.15.21, Dieter Haselbach


2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock

The 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63 S SUV is the only V8, biturbo-powered, compact SUV. According to Mercedes, it’ll do 0–60 mph in 3.6 seconds, which makes for a quick dash to the mini-mart. Combine AMG performance with Mercedes’ GLC SUV and what do you get? A GLC 63 S SUV powered by an AMG […] The post 2022 Mercedes-Benz AMG GLC 63S: Ready to Rock appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Global, Eu, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Engines, Mercedes-benz, Mercedes, New Cars, SUVs, Amg


Watch 400+ Documentaries from German Broadcaster Deutsche Welle: Art Forgery, Fashion Photography, the Mona Lisa, and More

You’re certainly familiar with Nouvelle Vague, the “French new wave” that shook up world cinema in the mid-2oth century. You’ve probably also heard of Hallyu, the “Korean wave” of pop music and television dramas (and, increasingly, films) now crashing across not just Asia but the West. As for Deutsche Welle, literally the “German wave,” you may know the term better in its abbreviated form: DW, the brand of Germany’s public international broadcaster. Here on Open Culture we’ve previously ...
Tags: Art, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Photography, Television, College, Germany, Berlin, Africa, West, United States, Seoul, Roma, Turkmenistan, Goethe Institut


Actors On One Of Germany’s Most Popular TV Shows Made Sarcastic Videos About The COVID Lockdown. Bad Idea.

“A website called #allesdichtmachen (‘close it all down’) was launched on Thursday night, featuring 53 to-camera clips in which high-profile actors [from the long-running series Tatort] sarcastically boast of the lengths they have gone to restrict their social contacts and appeal to the government to lock down the country even harder.” Mein Gott, did they get dragged. One television host who’s been working as a paramedic summed up the general reaction, tweeting that the stars can “shove their i...
Tags: Art, Media, Germany, Gott, 04.26.21


QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill?

A Rolls-Royce Black Badge Wraith is already a limited production vehicle. German tuner Novitec, and its Spofec division, are modifying three of these cars for worldwide distribution. The question of the day is whether the Spofec Overdose Wraiths are overkill, or not? Gran Turismo, or GT, cars have a wide berth when it comes to […] The post QOTD: Is the 2021 Rolls-Royce-Based Overdose Actually Overkill? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Sales, Luxury, Autos, Gran Turismo, Export, Rolls-royce, Sales And Marketing, New Cars, Carbon Fiber, Tuner, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Exclusivity


Christa Ludwig, Mezzo-Soprano, 93

Ludwig was most prominently associated with the Vienna State Opera and the Salzburg Festival, but she also sang at the Met. She “rose from straitened origins in a shattered wartime Germany to the height of the singing world, aided by a sense of discipline instilled by her strong-willed mother — her only real teacher and a constant presence throughout her career. … Onstage, Ms. Ludwig brought a striking combination of acting ability, charisma and vocal beauty. Her voice had range and power, a se...
Tags: Art, Germany, People, Vienna, Salzburg Festival, Ludwig, 04.25.21, Christa Ludwig Mezzo Soprano


Parsons on the Romantic and the Methodical

...the dominant character structure of modern Germany had been distinguished by a striking dualism between "A: an emotional, idealistic, active, romantic component which may be constructive or destructive and anti-social," and "B: an orderly, hard-working hierarchy preoccupied, methodical, submissive, gregarious, materialistic" component.In the traditional pre-Nazi German society it is overwhelmingly the B component which has become institutionalized. The A component arises from two principal in...
Tags: Art, Politics, Activism, Germany, United Nations, Jazz, Nazi, Academia, Parsons, Political Art, Stefan Kac, Aesthetics, Talcott Parsons, Critical Theory, Postmodernism And Postmodernists, Romanticism


‘Porsche Unseen’ Is A Rare Look Inside Porsche’s Design Studio

Porsche's design studio isn't based in some far-flung metropolitan like New York or Los Angeles or Tokyo. The company got its start in industrial design, after all, so why not keep everything in-house where it can be inspired by the depth of history and motor sport the brand is known for. That's why Porsche has kept its design studio in the quiet German town of Weissach. There's a reason Porsches look like Porsches, and could never be mistaken for another make. The whole company is so invested ...
Tags: Reviews, Books, New York, Design, Germany, Uncategorized, Los Angeles, Porsche, Ducati, Autos, Tokyo, Toyota, Volkswagen, Aston Martin, Boxster Cayman, Porsche Unseen


2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows

Mercedes-Benz’s 2021 EQB is its third all-electric launch this year, along with the EQA 250 and EQS. The EQB will be produced for the local market in Beijing. The rest of the world will get their EQBs from Kecskemét, Hungary. The EQB will be the first pure EV made in Hungary. A U.S.-spec EQB won’t happen […] The post 2021 Mercedes-Benz EQB – Electricity Flows appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, China, Germany, Global, Eu, Green, Beijing, Hungary, Electric Vehicles, Autos, Crossovers, Mercedes Benz, New Cars, SUVs


2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon

BMW’s 2021 M3 and M4 Competition cars, both endowed with xDrive all-wheel-drive, will arrive in August. Four hundred and seventy-nine lb-ft of torque is on tap. As BMW explains, both cars have three driving modes, the first being 4WD or default. While rear-wheel biased, the focus is on traction and handling. 4WD Sport, the second […] The post 2021 BMW M3 and M4 Competition xDrives Arrive Soon appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Marketing, Quality, Autos, Bmw, Consolidation, Ultimate Driving Machine, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Xdrive, Tuners, Rare Rides, Platform Sharing


Right-Wing Populists In Europe Are Going After Public Broadcasters

“In some countries, such as Hungary and Poland, illiberal governments are turning them into mouthpieces for the ruling party. In others, such as Germany and Sweden, populist movements accuse them of bias in favour of the establishment and the left. Modelled on Britain’s BBC (now facing political pressures of its own), Europe’s public media were set up to anchor democracy by providing citizens with objective reporting. But in an age of polarisation and disinformation, that is getting harder to d...
Tags: Art, Europe, Sweden, Media, Germany, Bbc, Hungary, Britain, Poland, 04.06.21


How A Gang Of Wall-Climbing, Web-Slinging Rare Book Thieves Was Brought To Justice

In January of 2017, a group of skilled, acrobatic robbers began a series of daring break-ins — climbing walls, breaking through skylights and barriers, lowering themselves dozens of feet with ropes, never setting off alarms — to steal shipments of rare books worth millions from storage facilities around London. Here’s the story of how Scotland Yard, working with detectives in Germany and Italy and a pair of heroic law enforcement officials in Romania, solved the case. – Vanity Fair
Tags: Art, London, Scotland, Germany, Italy, Romania, Words, 03.29.21


Kurt Weill Was Destined For Broadway All Along

Joshua Barone: “Kurt Weill is often described as if he were two composers. One spun quintessential sounds of Weimar-era Berlin in works like The Threepenny Opera, and the other wrote innovative earworms for Broadway’s golden age. His career was bifurcated, so the story goes — split not only by a shift in style, but also by the Atlantic Ocean, when he fled Nazi Germany and eventually settled in the United States. Yet it’s possible to trace an unbroken line from Weill’s earliest works, as a teena...
Tags: Art, Music, Germany, Berlin, United States, Broadway, Weimar, Atlantic Ocean, Kurt Weill, Weill, Joshua Barone, 03.25.21


Behold the Elaborate Writing Desks of 18th Century Aristocrats

Sitting or standing before an esteemed writer’s desk can make us feel closer to their process. Virginia Woolf’s desks — plywood boards she held on her lap and sloped standing desks — show a kind of austere rigor in her posture. “Throughout her life as a writer,” James Barrett points out, Woolf “paid attention to the physical act of writing,” just as she paid attention to the creative act of walking. The bareness of her implements tells us a lot about her as an artist, but it tells us not...
Tags: Google, Design, College, Germany, Berlin, History, David, Virginia Woolf, Central Europe, Ernest Hemingway, Marie Antoinette, Facebook Twitter, Prussia, Josh Jones, Goethe, Woolf


BMW X6 by AC Schnitzer – Is It Worth the Effort?

  German tuning specialist AC Schnitzer has heralded the introduction of their version the BMW X6 Sports Activity Coupe (SAV), itself neither a coupe nor a proper sporting vehicle. In the annals of automotive history, a coupe has always been a two-door, with a stylish roofline, and two seats in the back that were often […] The post BMW X6 by AC Schnitzer – Is It Worth the Effort? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Germany, Eu, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Branding, AC Schnitzer, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Tuning, BMW X6, Aftermarket Parts, Tuners, Tuner Car, Aftermarket Accessories


2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe a Late Spring Arrival

Alpina is to BMW enthusiasts much like AMG is to Mercedes devotees, both eliciting great excitement and emotion. The former has announced the arrival of the 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe in late spring. Recognized as an independent auto manufacturer by the German Ministry of Transport, Alpina Automobiles has had a longstanding technical partnership […] The post 2022 BMW Alpina B8 Gran Coupe a Late Spring Arrival appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Technology, Germany, 2022, Autos, Bmw, Engines, Mercedes, Amg, Alpina, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Super Sedan, Alpina B8 Gran Coupe, Ministry of Transport Alpina Automobiles


The Louvre’s Entire Collection Goes Online: View and Download 480,00 Works of Art

If you go to Paris, many will advise you, you must go to the Louvre; but then, if you go to Paris, as nearly as many will advise you, you must not go to the Louvre. Both recommendations, of course, had a great deal more relevance before the global coronavirus pandemic — at this point in which art- and travel-lovers would gladly endure the infamously tiring crowdedness and size of France’s most famous museum. But now they, and everyone else around the world, can view the Louve’s artworks online,...
Tags: Google, Art, Facebook, College, France, Germany, Museums, Paris, Pablo Picasso, Seoul, British Museum, Facebook Twitter, Heraklion, Milo, Titian, Paris Museums


Germany Tries To Figure Out How To Go About Returning Benin Bronzes

“On the heels of a German state visit to Benin City, … the culture ministry and museums are now playing catch-up. … Culture minister Monika Grütters has called a meeting with relevant state culture ministers and museum directors in April to try to find a national strategy to address the handling of objects and art that were looted from the Benin Royal Palace in 1897.” – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Visual, Benin City, Monika Grütters, 03.25.21, Benin Royal Palace


2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is 650 HP and 664 ft.-lb. of torque, with an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive. It’ll do 0-60 in 3.5-seconds, with a top speed of 208 MPH, the third generation of Speed models, details of which were released today. Years ago, when the first Continental GT Speed was introduced, […] The post 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Speed, Heritage, Luxury, Autos, Engines, Bentley, Continental, Bentley Continental, Enthusiasm, Bentley Motors, Rare Rides, Grand Tourer


Germany In Talks To Return Benin Bronzes To Nigeria

As the issue of repatriating art and artifacts looted by European colonizers came to the fore over the past few years, Berlin came under pressure not to include its holdings of Benin bronzes in the new Humboldt Forum. Now high-level officials are negotiating the return of the bronzes — taken by British soldiers who destroyed the Benin royal family’s palace in 1897 — for the new Edo Museum of West African Art, now being designed by architect David Adjaye in Benin City. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Nigeria, Benin, Visual, David Adjaye, 03.23.21, Humboldt Forum Now, Edo Museum of West African Art


Berlin Volksbühne theatre director resigns over harassment claims

Klaus Dörr steps down with immediate effect after accusations including humiliating older actorsThe director of Berlin’s Volksbühne theatre has resigned after allegations of sexual harassment and the humiliating treatment of older female actors.The theatre said that Klaus Dörr would give up his post with immediate effect, after the intervention of Berlin’s culture senator Klaus Lederer, whose office also confirmed the decision. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Gender, Germany, Berlin, Theatre, Culture, Stage, Sexual Harassment, Klaus Lederer, Berlin Volksbühne, Klaus Dörr


8th Gen Mercedes-AMG SL Unveiled

Mercedes-AMG wanted to show you its new SL Roadster, a 2+2 seater, testing its 4Matic+ all-wheel-drive system at a private proving ground in Sweden near the Arctic Circle. In typical Mercedes fashion, they said it was as much a test of the Roadster’s convertible top as it was the all-wheel-drive system under these harsh conditions. […] The post 8th Gen Mercedes-AMG SL Unveiled appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Sweden, Germany, History, German, Autos, Mercedes-benz, Mercedes, Arctic Circle, Mercedes-AMG, Sports Car, Enthusiasm, News Blog, Tuners


2021 Maybach S 580 Tips the Scales at $184,900

Yesterday, Maybach heralded the arrival of the S 580, with the type of announcement you’d expect if you started at $184,900, or roughly 69 percent of the $269,039 median home price nationwide, according to Zillow.com. Considering that Beverly Hills, California is the only place in the U.S. where I’ve seen more Maybachs on the street […] The post 2021 Maybach S 580 Tips the Scales at $184,900 appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Luxury, Autos, Sales And Marketing, Mercedes-benz, Zillow, Beverly Hills California, Maybach, News Blog, Mild Hybrid


Germany To Start Reopening Museums

“Chancellor Angela Merkel and German state leaders have agreed to start easing restrictions. If coronavirus cases are below 100 per 100,000 people over seven days – as in Berlin with a rate of 67.8 – people should be able to visit museums from Monday after booking a slot.” – Reuters
Tags: Art, Germany, Angela Merkel, Berlin, Visual, 03.04.21, Start Reopening Museums


How art and design can rebuild a community

In the spring of 2016, a striking art installation was constructed outside MIT's building E15. The work consisted of 20,000 small green plexiglass squares, with intricate holes cut in each one, depicting vanished or endangered pieces of global cultural heritage, including buildings, monuments, and sculptures. Attached to fencing about 40 feet high, the squares collectively formed an image of the Arch of Triumph from Palmyra, Syria, an ancient treasure destroyed by fundamentalists in 2015.Lit up ...
Tags: Art, Germany, Berlin, Toronto, History, War, Mit, Architecture, Prague, Austria, United States, Egypt, Harvard University, Islam, Innovation, Serbia


Volkswagen Reprises Blue Lagoon GLI for 2021 Show Car

Among water-cooled Volkswagen aficionados, the Mark 5 2004 Jetta GLI in a color called Blue Lagoon has become a unicorn. With this in mind, for 2021 Volkswagen rolled out a Jetta GLI concept car that reprises its sought-after predecessor.   Volkswagen limited the GTI 1337, a special edition made two years prior to the Blue […] The post Volkswagen Reprises Blue Lagoon GLI for 2021 Show Car appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Germany, Marketing, Events, Autos, Volkswagen, Gli, Blue Lagoon, Jetta, Enthusiasm, Enthusiast, News Blog, Show Cars, Show Car, Tuner Car



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