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German Chamber Music or German Tarot Cards. What’s Your Pick?

Art enthusiasts in L.A. listen up! Are you in for an off-beat art experience? We have 3 fun and eclectic recommendations for you this month.

From unique German/Austrian Chamber music to German Cartomancy, you can find something to satisfy your unconventional taste for art this April.

1 – If you love chamber music and enjoy not only traditional, classic scores but also have an ear for modern, contemporary music. You might want to check out:

Three’s Company: Music for unique Combinations of Three. Part of the Pittance Chamber Music 2017/18 season at the Pasadena Conservatory of Music this concert presents works not only by German composers Schubert and Brahms but will also feature work of Austrian composer Gernot Wolfgang, who resides in Los Angeles and works as an orchestrator in the film and TV music industry.

Gernot Wolfgang is currently also associate director of “HEAR NOW – A Festival of New Music by Contemporary Los Angeles Composers”. Described as a composer with a “winning sonic arsenal” (Daniel Rosenberg, Gramophone) you will be hearing his work Road Signs, which will be on his next CD.

WHAT: Pittance Chamber Music Concert Three’s Company

WHEN: Saturday, April 14 at 7:30pm at Pasadena Conservatory of Music.

All works on the program will be performed by members of the LA Opera Orchestra and Domingo-Colburn-Stein Young Artists.

2 – Our next suggestion is for a spiritually invoked art exhibition: A mystical German fortune-telling card system re-imagined by artist Shay Bredimus at the Long Beach Art Museum:

“The Seni Horoscopes were a 17th-century German fortune-telling card system. This astrological picture card deck was created by Giovanni Battista Seni—an Italian oracle who served Albrecht Wenzel Eusebius von Wallenstein, a major figure in the Thirty Year’s War. The Seni Horoscope cards were used for divination, as well as a guide to spiritual pathways.

In this body of work, Bredimus has re-imagined a version of those historic cards, a visual mixture of pictographs and portraits, with iconic and mystic symbolism. The artist has created 72 unique works that reference each individual card – not only to be viewed as artwork, but also to be seen as an interactive conduit to understanding man’s position in the universe.” (Long Beach Museum of Art)

Join artist Shay Bredimus for an in-depth walkthrough of his exhibition, Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined, on April 22. The event is free but reservations are required. The exhibition is on view until May 13.

WHAT: Cartomancy: The Seni-Horoscopes Re-imagined (by Shay Bredimus)

WHEN: Sunday, April 22, 3pm-5pm at Log Beach Art Museum

3 – Lastly, our all-time favorite is happening this weekend: The Brewery Art Walk! More than 100 artists invite you to check out their work. Don’t miss it!

The twice-annual open studio weekend at the worlds largest art complex will open its doors Saturday and Sunday. “With over 100 participating resident artists, you will have the opportunity to see new works, discover new favorites, speak with the artists and purchase artwork directly from the artists at studio prices.”

Admission is Free. Open studios are spread across the Brewery’s 16 acre campus including a few multi-story buildings. Don’t forget to put some comfortable shoes on so you’ll be ready for your art adventure!

WHAT: Brewery Art Walk Los Angeles 

WHEN: Saturday & Sunday, April 7 & 8 from 11 am- 6 pm




Bringing the Myth of Cleopatra to Life

Two Scientists in Search of Historical Truth and Evidence

CLEOPATRA” at the California Science Center in Los Angeles

Having been an intriguing figure already in her lifetime, Cleopatra became a legend that’s been kept alive throughout the centuries. Historians, authors and filmmakers alike have gotten inspired by her life , her story and her much appraised exceptional  beauty.

An expansive show that started on Wednesday, May 23, at the California Science Center in L.A. tries to shed light on this legend. With help of the discoveries of the ancient submerged Royal Quarters of Alexandria and the lost cities of Heracleion, Menouthis, Canopis and others, the exhibition is putting the many historical puzzle pieces together to find out: who was Cleopatra really?

The visitor gets immersed into the ancient world of Egypt by enormous statues, amazingly preserved and beautiful jewelry  and other artifacts from that time that have been recently recovered by archeologists Franck Goddio and Zahi Hawass. An audio tour, provided to every guest as part of the exhibition experience, is guiding through the exhibition in “Cleopatra’s voice”.

“Cleopatra” is on view from May 25 to December 31 at the California Science Center. It is the only West Coast appearance.

To enhance the experience of ancient Egypt the movie “ Mysteries of Egypt” shows at the IMAX theatre at the museum at the following movie times – May 23, 2012 – June 28, 2012 , 10:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m., 3:30 pm, (5:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday only)

Tickets for the exhibition are $19.75 for adults and $12.75 for children.

Here are some of the amazing artifacts:

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LACMA – An Adventure In Front of Your Door

Metropolis II by Chris Burden has opened to the public Saturday, January 14, 2012. It’s an experience! Should you be in L.A. for the weekend, do pay LACMA a visit and check out this outstanding exhibition.  An “elaborate system of 18 roadways including one 6-lane freeway and HO scale train tracks…” and 1200 custom manufactured die-cast cars make you feel like being in the midst of a mini New York or Los Angeles . An impressive structure of steel, aluminum, shielded copper wire, glass, plastics, wood and even legos take the viewer with amazement. One can spend quite some time discovering all kinds of different buildings and world landmarks like the Eiffel tower and Saint Basil’s Cathedral on the Red Square in Moscow

This upcoming Monday is part of Target Free Holiday Mondays, which offers free entrance to all LACMA shows and a variety of children activities throughout the day. Not only will you get a look at this amazing architectural design gem, but your kids will have a moment of awe and can continue the day at LACMA with all kinds of other fun activities.

NEXGEN the LACMA Youth membership lets accompanying adults visit for free

By the way, should you have children at the ages of 3-18, get them a NEXGEN membership. It’s a free membership for children and allows one accompanying adult per child to visit LACMA for free.

My son and I just spent a great day at LACMA and actually could take a sneak preview on Metropolis II on Friday, when LACMA offered a special member preview day before the official opening of Metropolis II yesterday.

We continued our LACMA adventure with viewing the art collection at the Broad Contemporary Art Museum. Already the building with its contrasting red elements and the steep escalator, that my son named the ‘escalator to the sky’ is a delight for the eye. Inside, one can experience  the fascinating paintings and sculptures of so many famous artists like Jeff Koons, Baldessari and more.

Should you love Expressionism, then walk over to the Ahmanson building. The Rifkind Gallery for German Expressionism offers quite a selection of Kirchner, Pechstein and Co. An entire small exhibit is dedicated to Ludwig Meidner: Ecstatic Expressionism, which will be on view until April 15th. Quite an impressive selection of other representatives of modern art can be found here on level 2 as well. From Picasso, Klee, Otto Dix to Motherwell, Rothko, Pollock, Sam Francis and Liechtenstein.

“Telling the story of the birth of the LA art scene” – PACIFIC STANDARD TIME at LACMA

German design bei Kem Weber - Desk & Chair

California Design, 1930–1965: “Living in a Modern Way” is another exhibition that should be on your agenda. As part of Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980 it gives a chronological overview through the many historical highlights that shaped California Design.

CaliforniaGermans Community shares L.A. Experience in Pictures

It’s great feedback for us to hear that some of you are inspired by the suggestions and links on our CaliforniaGermans Facebook Page and visit some of the suggested exhibitions, concerts, or other events like the one at the Hammer Museum in L.A. yesterday.
The Hammer welcomed activist Angela Davis in conversation with Robin Levi, human rights director of Justice Now and CaliforniaGermans reader Christian Klugmann was there! Thank you Christian for sharing!

Christian Klugmann with Angela Davis at Hammer Museum in Los Angeles