By Alex Stuart
From Bauhaus to Brauhaus: when politics interferes with culture. Left-wing punk band Feine Sahne Fischfilet had their gig at UNESCO heritage site Bauhaus Dessau cancelled, after pressure from right-wing protest groups. The art foundation’s decision to cancel has provoked widespread criticism. Berlin’s senator for culture Klaus Lederer commented: „Wo kommen wir hin, wenn wir in dieser Richtung nicht Rückgrat zeigen?“ Feine Sahne Fischfilet, known for their anti-xenophobia activism, have bounced back, moving the gig to a beer hall with an even larger capacity, and promising to donate the profits to Dessau Nazi-frei, a local anti-fascist group. Read more on Deutsche Welle.
In other culture news, art dealer Bernd Schultz has auctioned his collection, the proceeds of which will help found a new ‘ExilMuseum’ in Berlin. The collection contains works by Otto Dix, Pablo Picasso, Egon Schiele, Paul Klee and Käthe Kollwitz and raised €6.3 million. The drawings, illustrating a spectrum of human lives, are pretty spectacular; view them here.
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