What's on in Europe in March: the AFP arts diary

March sees a host of treats for music lovers: a David Bowie retrospective in London, Daniel Barenboim conducting Wagner in Berlin and Renaissance music in Stockholm.

Art goers, meanwhile, can choose from an equally diverse set of offerings: US artist Phoebe Washburn's apartment art installation, exhibitions dedicated to Picasso and Klint, and an exploration of the dark side of Romanticism..

Following is a selection of what's on in Europe in March.



MUSIC: The 14th International Accordion Festival. Some 40 concerts on 14 stages will feature internationally renowned artists such as Norway's Guro von Germeten and the Schwindelfrei Orchestra, French group Bratsch, Anglo-French group Blowzabella and Argentina's Melingo, as well as local stars Willi Resetarits and his Stubnblues. Another highlight will be a series of silent film matinees, including F.W. Murnau's 1922 classic "Nosferatu" and a Laurel and Hardy special, with live accordion accompaniment. Until March 24.


ARCHEOLOGY/CULTURE: The Art History Museum (KHM) of Vienna delves into the origins of its extensive Egyptian collection with a new exhibit looking at the Austrian archeological digs at Giza in the 1920s, which helped shape much of the knowledge we now have about tomb-building and funeral rituals in Ancient Egypt.

"In the Shadow of the Pyramids. The Austrian Excavations at Giza (1912-1929)" features loans from several important European and American collections. Until May 20.




MUSIC: A retrospective of the extraordinary career of British rock icon David Bowie opens at London's Victoria and Albert Museum. Featuring more than 300 objects including the singer's handwritten lyrics, instruments and famously eccentric costumes, the exhibition explores Bowie's enduring influence on music and style, four decades after he burst onto the scene and just as he releases an unexpected -- and well-received -- comeback album. March 23 to August 11.


ART: Retrospective of the realist painter George Bellows, who was considered one of the greatest artists in the United States when he died in 1925 at the age of 42. The 38 paintings, 14 drawings and 17 lithographs on show at the Royal Academy reflect the artist's fascination with the urban landscape of New York and the diversity of its inhabitants. March 16 to June 9.




ART: Around 100 works from the Picasso Museum in Paris, including 56 paintings and sculptures, go on display at the Klovicevi Dvori gallery in Zagreb. The exhibition, described as the most expensive in Croatia ever and Picasso's largest in the region, covers the period from 1895-1971. From March 23 to July 7.




ART: US artist Phoebe Washburn's installation in Odense "Pressure Drop for Richard Stands (a history of one thing to another in lemonaideness)" consists of a small apartment occupied by two people everyday from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm who will make lunch for themselves, knit, play the guitar or work on the Internet. The installation addresses issues of sustainability, detritus and recycling: the water from the dishwasher is cleansed on its way to a second room via "lungs" and a "heart" and then distributed via many channels to rows of "hospital beds" where plants are grown. At Kunsthallen Brandts until May 26.




ART: Paris's Musee d'Orsay hosts "The Angel of the Odd. Dark Romanticism from Goya to Max Ernst" exploring the dark side of Romanticism. The exhibition illustrates the many different expressions of Dark Romanticism, from Goya and Fussli to Ernst and the Expressionist films of the 1920s, through a selection of 200 works that includes paintings, graphic works and films. From March 5.




ART: Pictures, private photos, books, album covers and films by Germany's late, self-declared "exhibitionist" artist Martin Kippenberger are on display to mark what would have been his 60th birthday, in "Martin Kippenberger: sehr gut/ very good" which explores the prolific artist's private and public persona at the Hamburger Bahnhof in Berlin. Until August 18.


MUSIC: With the musical world celebrating the bicentenary of Richard Wagner's birth this year, Berlin's annual Festtage festival joins in the celebrations to present a complete cycle of the composer's sprawling "Ring des Nibelungen" under the baton of Daniel Barenboim, one of the world's leading champions of Wagner's music. From March 23 to April 1.




DECORATIVE ART: Oslo's Museum of Decorative Arts and Design showcases experimental and boundary-breaking contemporary jewellery from 60 of the foremost Nordic and Baltic designers, in its exhibition "From the Coolest Corner. Nordic Jewellery". The exhibition looks at jewellery as an art form, and features works by Sigurd Bronger of Norway, Kim Buck of Denmark and Helena Lehtinen of Finland, among others. At the Museum of Decorative Arts and Design until April 21.




FILM: The sixth edition of human rights documentary film festival One World Romania opens in Bucharest. Described as an "antidote to hatred", the festival includes sections entitled "Hatred is bad for your health", "Dis/Abilities" and "Revolution day after day". It also features a retrospective of Danish filmmaker Jon Bang Carlsen, guest star of the event. March 11-17.




ART: In "Hilma af Klint: A Pioneer of Abstraction", Stockholm's Museum of Modern Art dedicates a major exhibition to pioneering Swedish artist Hilma af Klint (1862-1944), featuring many works never before shown in public. Until May 26.


EARLY MUSIC: A popular night concert in Stockholm featuring the Swedish renaissance polyphony ensemble Feria VI. At Musikaliska on March 9.