Deutschland ist hier: Bauhaus, Theater, Berliner Philharmoniker

I know it’s difficult, but please try erase Oktoberfest’s images of men in lederhosen, ladies bosoms in tight dirndl dresses, and who knows what else comes to mind through beer fogged memories. That’s history: November is all about Teutonic high culture in the city.

Bauhaus 1919-1933: Workshops for Modernity – MoMA’s first exhibit on the seminal German design school since 1938. More than four hundred works by Marcel Breuer, Walter Gropius, Vasily Kandinsky, Paul Klee and other avant-garde industrial designers of the Bauhaus faculty and students are on display.

Nov. 8 - Jan. 25

Quartett – German playwright Heiner Mueller’s adaptation of Les Liaisons Dangereuses offers plenty of innocence lost, betrayal and lust, ingredients that ensure an entertaining couple of hours. French actress Isabelle Huppert (photo, right) directed by the ingenious master Robert Wilson delivers her malicious intentions with calculated movements and gorgeous choreography.

Berliner Philharmoniker - Let the German composer’s romantic Second Symphony resonate while you are comfortably seated in the magestic Carnegie Hall. As part of a joint Brahms-Schoenberg exploration, besides Johannes Brahms’ passionate piece, the Berliner Philharmoniker will also perform Chamber Symphony No.1 by Viennese composer Arnold Schoenberg, and a modern era opera for a single singer that, according to the composer, tries "to represent in slow motion everything that occurs in a single second of maximum spiritual excitement."

Nov. 11-13

From Klimt to Klee – You can always count on Germanic art at The Neue Gallerie. This fall’s exhibition features works by Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele (photo, left) Otto Dix, Max Beckmann, Paul Klee and others. For an evening of Austrian cooking accompanied by an 1890’s to 1930’s music cabaret show, reserve a prix fixe program for $110 at the Café Sabarsky - one of Kurt Gutenbrunner’s restaurants.

Visit Germany - If a New York City immersion in German culture is not enough and geographic closeness is what you are longing for, Tablet Hotels suggests a Deutschland November wine tour. “And not just the sweet stuff either. Germany’s wines, both Rieslings and otherwise, are a lot more diverse than they’re often given credit for, with some exquisitely dry offerings in addition to the dessert-sweet classics. This is the far northern edge of the wine-producing world, which makes for some truly uncommon flavors — from deep red Spätburgunders to crisp white Rieslings to sparkling Deutscher Sekts, there’s something for every palate. 

And while winery hotels per se aren’t quite the phenomenon in Germany that they are in France, for example, we do have a number of excellent Tablet hotels in Germany’s wine-producing regions.”

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