Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Guillaume and Stéphanie Visit Berlin and Potsdam

Photo: Cour grand-ducale
Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie visited Germany yesterday on the occasion of the Berlinale, the Berlin International Film Festival, currently happening in the German capital. They were accompanied by Prime Minister Xavier Bettel who also used the chance to meet with the German Chancellor Angela Merkel and the President of Parliament Wolfgang Schäuble.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
To start off their visit, the Hereditary Grand Duke and Hereditary Grand Duchess made the quick trip to nearby Potsdam to see the Babelsberg Film Studio, the oldest large-scale film studio in the world, producing films since 1912, and still Europe's largest film studio. It also brought us the super cute moment of Guillaume handing his coat over to his freezing wife - what a gentleman, a round of awww, please. Afterwards, the couple had lunch at the Luxembourgish restaurant "De Maufel" in Berlin.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
The couple also visited the Michel Majerus Estate. Majerus was a Luxembourgish artist whose work combined painting with digital media. He lived and worked in Berlin until his untimely death in the crash of Luxair flight 9642 in November 2002. The Michael Majerus Estate, housed in the late artist's former studio in Berlin, is currently showing the third and final chapter of the exhibition "Michael Majerus - Laboratory for Appraising the Apparent" curated by Brigitte Franzen. Presenting early paintings, archival material and digitised documentation of a group of notebooks from 1995, this show in three parts aims to show Majerus’s work before he came to international recognition with his Kunsthalle Basel show in 1996. There is also a permanent exhibition of Majerus's work in Luxembourg at the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie is the President of.
Photo: Cour grand-ducale
To round off their day, Hereditary Grand Duke Guillaume and Hereditary Grand Duchess Stéphanie also attended a reception hosted by the Luxembourgish embassy in Berlin and the Lëtzebuerger Film Fong. As part of the reception journalists Jean Pütz and Ranga Yogeshwar as well as author Tom Hillenbrand were awarded with orders for their work. Pütz and Yogeshwar are both Luxembourgers and probably the best known science journalists in Germany. Hillenbrand is a German crime author many of whose books play in the Grand Duchy.

The cour offers a gallery of visuals of the day, as does Wort.

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