May/June 2024

SCULPTURE: Anthony Caro and Eduardo Chillida exhibition, Museum Würth, until 27 October

Anthony Caro (1924–2013, London) and Eduardo Chillida (1924–2002, San Sebastián) are among the most eminent sculptors of the 20th century. The artists will both turn 100 in 2024. Museum Würth is taking this as an opportunity to bring their respective oeuvres to life with around 70 selected sculptures and mural works. More info here.

Bernardine Evaristo photographed by Tom Jamieson

British Council Literature Seminar 2023: Class and Contemporary UK Writing

Bernardine Evaristo, renowned writer, academic and Man Booker Prize Winner 2019, has chaired the British Council Literature Seminar in 2023. The seminar was on the topic of Class and contemporary UK writing. The seminar consisted of public readings by Bernardine Evaristo and Kit de Waal, presentations by Daljit Nagra, Joelle Taylor and Wayne Holloway-Smith, a panel discussion and four author-led workshops. The seminar's recording is now available online.

EXHIBITION: Roger Hiorns: Today, Kestner Gesellschaft Hannover until 30 June

The Kestner Gesellschaft presents the first institutional solo exhibition of British artist Roger Hiorns in Germany. The exhibition's title refers to the morning BBC radio programme "Today", which can be heard as a sound installation and places the entire production in a current political context. More info here.

FILM: Marianna Simnett: WINNER, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, Berlin, until 3 November

To mark the European Football Championship 2024 taking place in Germany, artist Marianna Simnett is producing the multi-channel film installation "WINNER", conceived as a dance for film in three acts told from the perspective of football. More info here.

MUSIC: Benjamin Britten Requiem, Konzerthaus Dortmund, 13 June

Benjamin Britten's "War Requiem" is not only musically moving but also deeply poignant in its lyrics. Even at its premiere in 1962, this musical memorial to the victims of war and the stirring message for peace did not fail to make an impact. The musical epic will now be performed at the Konzerthaus Dortmund at the end of the 2023/24 season, featuring the London Symphony Chorus and British tenor Allan Clayton.Tickets are available here.


MUSIC: Joyce DiDonato, Yannick Nézet-Séguin, London Symphony Orchestra at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 16 July

Yannick Nézet-Séguin, chief conductor of New York’s Metropolitan Opera, conducts the London Symphony Orchestra alongside the ‘Yankee Diva’ Joyce DiDonato, who will sing works by Hector Berlioz and Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky. Get tickets here.

MUSIC: London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner at Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, 10 November

A Brahms concerto, a Beethoven symphony, with the London Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Edward Gardner and Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson as the soloist. Tickets are available here.

PERFORMANCE: Pfostenburch Comedy Show with Omid Djalili, Stachelschweine Berlin, 20 June

“Pfostenbruch” combines football, culture, and satire during the European Championship 2024. There will be a special performance by UK comedian Omid Djalili on 20 June. Alongside Omid, there will be live game broadcasts, a commentary competition, and more. Get your ticket here.

VISUAL ART: David Shrigley: New Works, Frank Flügel Galerie Nürnberg, until 30 June

David Shrigley is a British artist who lives and works in Glasgow. He is primarily known for his satirical drawings with text, which poke fun at and expose the banality of everyday situations with black humour. His work consists mainly of drawings, sculptures, installations, and paintings. As a big music fan, he also frequently designs record covers. More info here.

VISUAL ARTS: Damien Hirst exhibition at MUCA München, until 28 July

From 26 October 2023, some of Damien Hirst's most iconic works will be on display for the first time in Germany in a major survey exhibition at the MUCA. The exhibition, entitled "The Weight of Things," will show more than 40 works from the artist's 40-year career, some of which have never been seen before. Tickets are available here.