May 2022

LITERATURE: Martin Walker: "Tête-à-Tête." Reading tour in May

The fourteenth case of Bruno, chef de police, guarantees an exciting and entertaining evening. Martin Walker reads 6 May in Düsseldorf, 7 May in Altena, 9 May in Bielefeld, 10 May in Brühl, 28 May in Munich. 



MUSIC: Billy Bragg: “triple concerts”

Billy Bragg goes back and explores his past anew, coming to Hamburg and Berlin for a set of three concerts each: On the first evening, he will play songs that span his entire career, on the second evening he goes back to the early days and then spends the third evening with his last three albums.
26 – 28 May Knust Hamburg
01 – 03 June Heimathafen Neukölln Berlin

PHOTOGRAPHY/VISUAL ART: John Harris et al., 2-6 June at Triennale der Photographie Hamburg

The 8th edition of the Trienniale of Photography Hamburg uses the theme of “Currency” to invite reflection on the contemporary power of the photograph to relay and relate meaning across distance. Starting in May, the triennial stages a parcours of exhibitions at major museums and institutions across Hamburg (until September 2022). Don't miss John Harris, John Page, John Sturrock, John Thomson, Walter B. Woodbury. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: Biennale für aktuelle Fotografie, until 22 May

This year’s edition („From where I stand“) is curated by Iris Sikking and will present works by UK artists Monica Alcazar-Duarte, Lisa Barnard, Poulomi Basu, Alexandra Davenport, Michal Iwanowski, Giya Makondo-Wills, Yan Wang Preston and takes place in Mannheim, Heidelberg and Ludwigshafen. Info and tickets.

VISUAL ART: David Hockney – Landscapes in Dialogue, until 10 July, Gemäldegalerie Berlin

David Hockney is considered one of the most influential artists of our time. Through Three Trees near Thixendale, Hockney observes the atmospheric seasonal changes of nature in the area where he grew up. The exhibition presents Hockney’s work alongside selected depictions of landscapes from the collections of the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin (e.g. by Rembrandt van Rijn, Vincent van Gogh or John Constable) and reveals Hockney’s links to and the inspiration he draws from art history. 

VISUAL ART: Walk!, Schirn Kunsthalle Frankfurt, until 22 May

The Schirn presents works by more than 40 international artists whose work deals with the act of walking as an essential element, including UK artists Hamish Fulton (“the walking artist”), Carole McCourt, James Bridle and Yolande Harris among others. Get your ticket. 

a woman looking at a painting in a museum

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