Merkel returns two Nolde paintings after exhibition exposes Nazi links - The Times of IsraelTuesday, April 23, 2019
But research has shown he was a vocal anti-Semite and fervent supporter of the Third Reich.
At the exhibition of Nolde’s works which opened Thursday at Berlin’s Hamburger Bahnhof museum, curators Aya Soika and Bernhard Fulda sought to dispel the myths surrounding Nolde’s persona, putting on full display his anti-Jewish views alongside his works.
Fulda conceded that he was “slightly surprised” by Merkel’s decision to return the two paintings.
“There is a way you can use the complex and difficult and indeed negative German past to say ‘it’s still relevant today, and we’re not just looking the other way’,” he said.
Illustrative photo of a press presentation on the occasion of the restitution of the 1929 painting ‘Begonias’ by Emil Nolde in Erfurt, Germany, November 12, 2018. (AP/Jens Meyer)
But he acknowledged that such parsing may not be a priority for a leader who is battling global crises on multiple fronts.
Writer Florian Illies, in Die Zeit weekly, also said it would been more productive to “give space to the truth, that mean-spirited people can also make high art.”
“It is of course uncomfortable. But much more courageous than starting again to remove paintings from the walls.”
Thole Rotermund, the treasurer of Germany’s federation of galleries and art traders, told news agency DPA that Merkel should give a clear explanation for her decision.
If Nolde is being shunned because of his political views, “then she should no longer be sitting in the first row” at the Bayreuth opera festival which Merkel attends annually and which features the works of notorious anti-Semite Richard Wagner.
For Christian Ring, the director of the Seebuell Ada and Emil Nolde Foundation, the debate that has erupted over the artist “is very, very exciting”.
“I think it is right that people are talking about it, and that people are analyzing the situation and discussing it.
“That’s something I find more important than what’s been removed from the walls or not removed. And that’s what we’re trying to do with this exhibition — we want a discussion, how should we navigate this vis-a-vis our moral compass,” he said.
Merkel’s office too, “must develop its own view on what art should be presented in the chancellery,” he said.
People look at work of Emil Nolde at an exhibition about the artist at the Hamburger Bahnhof museum in Berlin, Germany, April 11, 2019. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
One thing was certain though — Merkel’s decision would go down in history as an “anecdote to show how after so many years, … Hitler… still generates so much interest that is difficult to ignore,” predicted Fulda.
“And that’s why you get this panicky reaction.”
Flowers instead of stones: cities want to prescribe planting of gardens - The Crypto Coin DiscoveryTuesday, April 23, 2019
German cities from Munich to Hamburg. The city of Bremen wants to go with a “Above the greening of open areas and flat roof areas” a step further. The bill of the red-green Senate is expected to be adopted in the second week of may, in the Bremen citizenship. He looks to the greening of that outer surfaces “or to replant”, this should not preclude other permissible use. In clear text: cottages, patios or paved Bicycle Parking spaces are not allowed, and large stone beds.
Bremen is fighting against “creeping shifted concussion of the gardens”
“It is the desire, the creeping advance tax relief concussion of the front gardens, it has a bar and there is a planting to ensure,” said Bremen’s environment Senator Joachim Lohse (Green). Especially going to be the improvement of the small-scale city environments in the light of future summer Heat waves, and heavy rain events. The new law does not apply to Bremerhaven, was founded on the Initiative of the Greens. A list of insect-friendly plants is to be given to the property owners. Existing gardens and building permits are not affected by the new regulation, which will enter into force in may,. “There is no interference in the vested rights of people,” stresses Lohse.
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Also, the Federal Association of garden, landscape and sports ground construction (GaLaBau) deplores the Trend to lifeless grey gardens. “Many believe, unfortunately, they are easier to care for than planted surfaces,” says spokesman Andreas Stump.https://www.ccdiscovery.com/flowers-instead-of-stones-cities-want-to-prescribe-planting-of-gardens
Faye Webster Returns With Silky New Song ‘Flowers,’ Headlining Tour Dates - Rolling StoneTuesday, April 23, 2019
Jacksonville, FL @ Mavericks
May 3 – Mobile, AL @ Soul Kitchen
May 12 – Bremen, DE @ Modernes
May 13 – Hanover, DE @ Capitol
May 14 – Leipzig, DE @ Taubchenthal
May 15 – Vienna, AT – WUK
May 17 – Hamburg, DE @ Große Freiheit Sat. May 18 – Frankfurt, DE @ Batschkapp
May 19 — Berlin, DE @ Huxleys
May 24 — Manchester, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
May 25 — Bristol, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
May 26 — Nottingham, UK @ Dot to Dot Festival
May 28 —London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club
May 29 — London, UK @ Bermondsey Social Club
May 31 — Hilvarenbeek, NL @ Best Kept Secret Festival
June 03 — Paris, FR @ Le Boule Noire
June 16 — Manchester, TN @ Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
June 18 — Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry
June 19 — Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern
June 21 — Toronto, ON @ The Drake
June 22 — Pittsburgh, PA @ Club Cafe
June 23 — Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s
June 24 — Allston, MA @ Great Scott
June 26 — Brooklyn, NY @ Baby’s All Right
June 27 — Washington, DC @ DC9
June 28 — Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
June 29 — Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
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Germany’s Landesbanken still seeking clean bill of health - Financial TimesTuesday, April 23, 2019
German banks — among them NordLB — built up the worst kind of exposures,” said Elisabeth Rudman, managing director at DBRS, a rating agency.In February, Hamburg-based Landesbank HSH was sold to a consortium led by US private equity groups Cerberus and JC Flowers for €1bn in cash after it was brought to its knees by toxic shipping loans and needed a €13bn bailout in 2009.
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“NordLB started to address its shipping portfolio issues later than other German peers with similar exposures,” said Alexander Hendricks, associate managing director for banking at Moody’s. Moreover, the Hanover-based bank’s provisions for loan losses are currently lower than those of rivals which had similar issues, Mr Hendricks pointed out. While Commerzbank and HSH Nordbank provisioned up to 65 per cent of the toxic loans’ book value, NordLB’s provisions are at just 44 per cent. Lifting it to the levels seen at rivals would require impairments of about €1.6bn, according to an FT calculation. On top of that, people close to NordLB and its owners stress that the lender’s remaining operations which include aircraft and commercial real estate financing as well as corporate lending and a local Sparkasse, also need more capital. In the adverse scenario, the lender’s common equity tier one ratio will drop to about 7 per cent, a person with knowledge of the matter said, confirming an earlier report by Bloomberg. While this will not immediately result in a regulatory call to raise more capital, it is likely that the ECB will mete out a higher supervisory minimum capital requirement as a consequence. At present, the regulator asks NordLB to hold at least 9.54 per cent in CET1, compared with the 12.4 per cent it reported for mid-2018. Apart from its toxic shipping portfolio, analysts consider NordLB sound. “There is no evidence that it has fundamental problems outside its shipping portfolio”, said Moody’s Mr Hendricks, adding that the loan quality in other business areas was good. Many consider a deal with listed Commerzbank unlikely. “The interest by Commerzbank is more of a joke,” a Sparkassen insider said, as the listed-lender’s ongoing weak profitability made it difficult to fund a bid. Moreover, acquiring a minority stake in a state-controlled lender might not go down well with Commerzb...https://www.ft.com/content/d7d380cc-dcdb-11e8-9f04-38d397e6661c