Arts.21: The Cultural Magazine

Discover culture. Germany is becoming a crossroads for the creative scene of the 21st century. The world is watching to see what's taking shape in Berlin and beyond.

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Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 hours 39 minutes


Venice’s high season: all dried up

There are no swarms of tourists in Venice this year. Large cultural events like the Architecture Biennale have been cancelled, and there is no sign of ocean liners or cruise ships. This unusual stillness is giving Venice a chance to enjoy itself as the fish return to the canals.


 2020-08-22  5m

Norwegian melancholy

Bergen is the rainiest town in Europe. Is that why it has brought forth so many famous writers? Tomas Espedal is from there; Karl Ove Knausgård, his most famous student, spent years there. We visit Norway, the special guest at the Frankfurt Book Fair.


 2019-10-19  6m

Music and Freedom

At the Rheingau Musik Festival, the Bochabela String Orchestra performed "Long Way to Freedom“, a programme which paid hommage to Nelson Mandela. The orchestra's musicians hail from South Africa's townships. Arts.21 went to go see them.


 2019-08-17  10m

Chronicle of Decay - Boris Mikhailov

Boris Mikhailov chronicled the decay of former Eastern bloc countries in starkly documentary images, yet his work remained largely unpublished until the 1990s. Today, he is one of the leading contemporary photographers of the post-Soviet generation.


 2019-05-25  5m

James Turrell, Master of light

James Turrell is one of the most significant artists of our time. He creates his works with space and light. The Frieder Burda Museum in Baden Baden is now holding Europe’s largest-ever retrospective of the American artist’s work.


 2018-09-09  4m

Africa in Germany

Würzburg’s Africa Festival has developed into Europe’s largest celebration of African music and culture. Initiated 30 years ago, the festival offers live music, exhibitions and much more.


 2018-07-28  4m

Art on the road

The Molue Mobile Museum of Contemporary Art is an art space on wheels. The decommissioned school bus journeyed through West African countries, arriving in Dakar for the launch of the DAK'ART festival.


 2018-07-28  5m

Living in a Dying City?

Venice, one of the world's most beautiful cities, is teetering on the brink of collapse. It's become a second home to architect and professor Jana Revedin. She talks about what life is really like behind the facades the tourists see.


 2018-06-03  3m

Beethovenfest goes Mumbai

India is the partner country of the 2018's Beethovenfest in Bonn. A joint Indian-German music piece will be created for the event. To get things started, German percussionists met their Indian counterparts in Mumbai.


 2018-05-05  6m

How relevant is Karl Marx?

For now, London is still Europe’s financial capital. Karl Marx lived out his last decades in the city, and wrote his famous work 'Das Kapital' there. What would he have said about today’s investment banks, gender pay gaps and artificial intelligence?


 2018-04-29  5m