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Cultural newsTuesday April 30, 2019
US director John Singleton has died
The American film director and producer John Singleton is dead. His spokeswoman Shannon Barr told the German press agency that he passed away peacefully with relatives and friends. Singleton was 51 years old. The director suffered a severe stroke on April 17th. The father of seven was treated in a hospital in Los Angeles. On Monday morning, the relatives decided to stop life support measures, as Barr previously announced. Singleton won two Oscar nominations straight away for his 1992 debut film, Boyz N The Hood, about violence in a poor Los Angeles neighborhood. He was the first African American and also the youngest director to be nominated for "Best Director" at the time.
Obama's produce a Netflix series about Trump
Former US President Barack Obama will be producing a Netflix series about his successor Donald Trump with his wife Michelle. The Obamas production company, Higher Ground Productions, is working on an adaptation of the book "Increased Risk" by the author Michael Lewis about the Trump administration, as the video streaming service announced. In the book, the bestselling author describes how a completely unprepared Trump takes office, how he is only moderately interested in the reports of his employees and how he fills government posts with unqualified staff.
Berlinische Galerie has to close for the time being
Due to unclear static problems on the roof, the Berlinische Galerie has to temporarily close to the public. The precautionary measure initially applies for two weeks, said the responsible property management company. Problems and their consequences should now be carefully examined. The museum will remain closed until the exact results are available. The museum initially named May 15 as the date. The Berlinische Galerie, founded in 1975 as a private association, opened in 2004 in the current building. The State Museum collects art created in Berlin from 1870 to the present day.
Adil Demirci has to stay in Turkey
The Cologne social worker Adil Demirci, who has been accused of terrorism, has to stay in Turkey. A court in Istanbul rejected an application to lift the ban on travel during the third hearing in the trial on Tuesday. Demirci was released from pretrial detention in mid-February after around ten months, but has not been allowed to leave Istanbul since then. The process is scheduled to continue on October 15th. Security forces arrested Demirci in April 2018 while on family vacation in a family home. The public prosecutor's office accuses him of membership in the left-wing extremist Marxist-Leninist Communist Party (MLCP). The MLCP is considered a terrorist organization in Turkey. Demirci rejects the terrorist allegations.
Wuppertal museum director leaves
After 13 years the long-time director of the Wuppertal Von der Heydt Museum, Gerhard Finckh, has been retired from office. His Monet exhibition in 2009/10 was the most successful show in the history of the museum with 300,000 visitors, the city announced on Tuesday. Finckh has succeeded in gaining large amounts of supporters and sponsors, explained the chronically clammy city. His exhibitions received a lot of praise and were popular with the public. A successor has not yet been named. In the meantime, the deputy director Antje Birthälmer is provisionally managing the house. The museum has a rich collection of paintings by Claude Monet, Franz Marc, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Otto Dix and Picasso, among others.
Science award for social theorist Ashis Nandy
The Indian social theorist and psychoanalyst Ashis Nandy receives the science award of the Köhler Foundation. Nandy, born in 1937, is one of India's leading intellectuals and co-founder of global postcolonial studies on the development of Indian society and its after-effects colonial experiences, announced the foundation association. In his textbook, he seeks to deal with western and eastern societies. In 1994, Nandy held the Unesco chair at the Center for European Studies at the University of Trier. The award will be presented on May 9th at the Ruhr University in Bochum. The Hans Kilian Prize, endowed with 80,000 euros, is one of the most highly endowed awards in the field of social sciences and humanities.
Director of the Jewish Museum extends contract
The director of the Jewish Museum Berlin, Peter Schäfer, will remain in office for another year. The foundation's board of trustees decided to extend the contract, which expired at the end of August, by one year, as the museum announced on Tuesday. This means that the two major projects - a new permanent exhibition and the children's museum - can be advanced as planned, said the chairwoman of the foundation council, Minister of State for Culture Monika Grütters (CDU). Both are to be opened together in May 2020. A search committee headed by Grütters should also support the Board of Trustees in finding a suitable successor for Schäfer. He has been the director of the house since September 2014.
Australian poet Les Murray has died
The Australian poet Les Murray was the most important contemporary poet in English-language literature alongside Derek Walcott and Seamus Heaney, and for years was one of the favorites for the Nobel Prize for Literature. Les Murray was born in 1938 in the small town of Nabiac, Australia. In 1957, Les Murray went to Sydney to study modern languages, including German. During his studies, which he never finished, he took some time off and hitchhiked through Australia. At first he also wrote prose. Les Murray suffered from depression several times and henceforth devoted himself exclusively to poetry. Murray died on April 29 at the age of 80.
The Museo del Prado receives the Asturias Prize
In the year of its 200th anniversary, the Prado Museum in Madrid receives the prestigious Spanish Princess of Asturias Prize in the fields of communication and humanities. The Museo del Prado is "the most important cultural institution in Spain and one of the most important art galleries in the world," said the jury in its justification. According to the information, the Prado prevailed against 30 other candidacies from 14 countries. The Princess of Asturias Prizes are known as "the Spanish Nobel Prizes". They are awarded annually in eight categories. The winners will each receive 50,000 euros and a replica of a statue by Joan Miró. The awards will be presented by King Felipe VI at the end of October. presented in Oviedo.
Movie stars compete for US theater award Tony
This year's nominees for the US theater award Tony include many familiar faces from film and television. Bryan Cranston ("Breaking Bad"), Adam Driver ("Star Wars") and Jeff Daniels ("Dumb and Dumber") were nominated for the award in New York. In the women's category, Oscar winner Annette Bening ("American Beauty") is hoping for a prize for best leading actress for "All My Sons". In addition to "To Kill a Mockingbird", the IRA drama "The Ferryman", with nine proposed awards, made the most of the nominations among the plays. The Tony Awards will be hosted by late-night talker James Corden on June 9 in New York and will be broadcast live on US television. They honor the best new theater productions and musicals at the 40 or so Broadway theaters in the metropolis.
Prison sentence after knife attack on painting
In Russia, a man was sentenced to two and a half years in prison after an attack on a famous painting by the Russian painter Ilya Repin. A Moscow court found Igor P. guilty of damaging the painting of Tsar Ivan the Terrible and his dying son. In May of last year, the man attacked the artwork in the Tretyakov Gallery with a metal post and then claimed that he had damaged the picture because he believed it was historically inaccurate. The painting shows Ivan the Terrible immediately after knocking his son down in a fit of anger. The painting, made in 1885 by the realist Repin, suffered a few holes after the attack and could be restored.
Burgtheater actor Johann Adam Oest is dead
The long-time actor of the Vienna Burgtheater died in Vienna at the age of 72. The native German, who was appointed chamber actor on his 70th birthday, has worked in 68 productions in his career in Vienna and has been celebrated for his many roles as a charismatic supporting actor. At the Burgtheater, Johann Adam Oest worked with Manfred Karge, Claus Peymann, Luc Bondy, Andrea Breth, Michael Thalheimer and Herbert Fritsch, among others. He was twice awarded the Nestroy Prize for Best Supporting Role. Burgtheater director Karin Bergmann paid tribute to the actor with personal farewell words: "Johann Adam Oest could play anything and everyone wanted to play with him. He was the most amiable critic, the most deeply thinking humorist in the house, always with absolute integrity, loved by everyone. He is terribly absent."
Berliner Theatertreffen plans a quota for women
The Berlin Theatertreffen wants to introduce a quota for women. In the next two years, at least half of the ten selected plays should come from women directors. "At the Theatertreffen there is a huge disparity between male and female directors. And this has been the case since the 1960s," said festival director Yvonne Büdenhölzer of the German press agency. "For a long time I thought it would work without a quota. But I just noticed: nothing changes," said Büdenhölzer. Every year a jury selects the "ten most remarkable productions" from German-speaking countries for the theater meeting in the capital. In the current edition, which starts on Friday (May 3rd), three of the ten selected pieces are by directors or a predominantly female collective.
Co-founder of Woodstock: Festival takes place
Despite the withdrawal of the largest sponsor, the Woodstock 50 festival will take place, according to the organizers. They wanted to ensure that "Woodstock's 50th anniversary is celebrated with a festival that deserves its name and place in American history and culture," the festival organizers said. The main sponsor had announced shortly beforehand that it would withdraw from funding the festival. It is now unclear who will pay for the high salaries of superstars like Jay-Z, Santana and Miley Cyrus. According to the US industry website "Billboard", three million dollars in performance fees have already been paid, but now there is no more money. Woodstock 50 is scheduled for August 16-18 in Watkins Glen, New York, about 180 kilometers from the site of the very first festival. Tickets were originally supposed to go on sale last week, but this has been postponed indefinitely.
Elle Fanning appointed to the Cannes Festival Jury
The US actress Elle Fanning ("Somewhere", "Super 8") has been appointed to the jury of the 72nd Cannes International Film Festival. The 21-year-old is one of four women and four men who will determine the winners of the coveted Golden Palm this year. In addition, the Greek director Yorgos Lanthimos ("The Favorite") and the Italian filmmaker Alice Rohrwacher ("Le meraviglie") were selected. This year's jury president is Oscar winner Alejandro González Iñárritu ("Birdman", "The Revenant"). The Cannes Festival is the world's most important film festival. It will open on May 14th with the zombie comedy "The Dead Don't Die" by American director Jim Jarmusch. The French actor Alain Delon (83), who achieved world fame with films such as "The Ice Cold Angel" and "The Leopard", receives the golden palm of honor.
Millions of Europeans struggle with democracy
More and more people in Germany and other countries are dissatisfied with democracy. This emerges from a study by the polling institute Pew, which was published in Washington on Monday. In Germany, 43 percent said they were not satisfied with the way democracy works. Compared to the previous year, this is an increase of 17 percentage points. At 69 percent, AfD supporters were particularly dissatisfied. Among opponents of the right-wing populist party, on the other hand, it was only 37 percent. There is also dissatisfaction with the political system in other European countries; the values fluctuate between 30 percent in Sweden and 84 percent in Greece. For the study, around 30,000 people in 27 countries were interviewed between May and August 2018, including ten in Europe.
Michael Haneke: Admission to the Order Pour le mérite
The film director Michael Haneke becomes a member of the order Pour le mérite. Haneke ("The White Ribbon") is to be officially welcomed on June 2nd together with the theater director Andrea Breth in the order founded by the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm IV. The laudation for Haneke in the Berlin Konzerthaus will be given by the violinist Gidon Kremer, and for Breth by the writer Peter von Matt. Federal President Frank-Walter Steinmeier is the protector of the order. According to the statutes in its existing form since 1842, the order is carried by a maximum of 40 in Germany and an equal number of personalities working abroad who have earned merit in science and art.
Experts warn: Don't rush with Notre-Dame
Two weeks after the fire in Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, more than 1,000 experts warned French President Emmanuel Macron of the need to rush to rebuild. "Let's take our time for the diagnosis," wrote international art historians, monument conservationists and university professors in an open letter published by the daily newspaper "Le Figaro". One of the signatories is the director of the Cologne City Museum, Mario Kramp. After the severe damage to the more than 850-year-old Gothic cathedral, President Macron announced that it would be rebuilt within five years. The fire in the middle of the month mainly destroyed the roof of the church in the heart of the capital. Macron, 41, appointed a general to be his personal special envoy for reconstruction. For the reconstruction of the church, experts would have to be heard, says the appeal. "The world is watching us." The necessary construction work would take longer than terms of office in politics.
Brazilian National Museum needs help
The director of the Brazilian National Museum in Rio de Janeiro asks for donations. A fire destroyed large parts of the house last year. About 90 percent of the exhibits were destroyed. With its geological, botanical and archaeological collections, the museum was considered to be one of the most important exhibition halls in South America. Brazil is not in a position to rebuild the museum on its own, said director Alexander Kellner at an expert meeting on the rescue of destroyed cultural institutions in Cologne. The fact that the financial aid for the Brazilian National Museum is so modest compared to the burnt-out Paris Notre-Dame Cathedral has a lot to do with Brazil itself, said Kellner. There is no tradition of supporting scientific institutions in the country. International donors also fear corruption in Brazil.
Frank Scholze is to head the national library
Frank Scholze, director of the library at the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology since 2010, is to become the new general director of the German National Library. As the library announced, the Board of Directors, as the highest body, will propose Scholze's appointment to the Federal President. This corresponds to the recommendation of a search committee that carried out a selection process lasting several months. Born in Stuttgart in 1968, Scholze studied librarianship, art history and English. From January 2020 he will succeed Elisabeth Niggemann, who will retire at the end of 2019 after more than 20 years. The German National Library, with its two locations in Leipzig and Frankfurt, is Germany's central archive library. As a federal institution, it has the task of archiving and making available all publications in the Federal Republic and all German-language publications abroad. Internet publications have also been part of this since 2006. The library now has 36 million media items.
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