Rendez-vous: Zurich Film Festival and queer art from the Arab world


Autumn has some cultural highlights in Europe, such as a rare journey through the queer culture of the Arab world or the complete works of Lucian Freud in London.

Zurich Film Festival

It offers films from Europe and overseas as well as previews and tributes in the presence of international stars such as Liam Neeson and Diane Kruger. The Zurich Film Festival is one of the big cinema events in autumn and the largest in Switzerland.

Two European actors were awarded a “Golden Eye”, the British Eddie Redmayne and the Franco-English Charlotte Gainsbourg.

The festival runs until October 02, 2022 in the festival center in Zurich

Lucian Freud’s Complete Works in London

An exhibition at the National Gallery in London features paintings by one of Europe’s best-known figurative painters, Lucian Freud (1922-2011). It encompasses his entire life’s work and shows how Freud’s painting has developed over the course of 70 years.

Powerful and insignificant people, intimate or anonymous, clothed or naked, all his figures were embodied unvarnished by Freud’s brush.

The exhibition “Lucian Freud: New Perspectives” runs until January 22, 2023 at the National Gallery in London.

Queer Culture in the Arab World

The “L’Institut du Monde Arabe” makes visible what often remains hidden. The exhibition “Habibi, the revolutions of love” for the first time a journey through the queer culture of the Arab world.

On display are the works of 23 artists – painters, photographers, visual artists, illustrators – from the Maghreb, Iran, Afghanistan and artists living in the diaspora.

The exhibition runs until February 19, 2023 at L’Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris.

Julio Gonzalez and Pablo Picasso

The exhibition “Julio González, Pablo Picasso and the Dematerialization of Sculpture” looks at the metal sculptures that the two artists created together. The friendship and creative kinship between Julio González and Pablo Picasso are explored.

Art historians also describe the joint work as the “invention” of iron sculpture. These are two artists whose personalities and careers are different, but biographically parallel and culturally close.

The exhibition can be seen in the Recoletos Hall of the Mapfre Foundation in Madrid until January 08, 2023.

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