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21st-Century Renaissance Man: James Franco Infiltrates the Berlin Art World

What happens when a Hollywood heartthrob and the art world collide? Berlin is about to find out as it plays host to James Franco’s first ever commercial gallery show. The actor spoke to SPIEGEL ONLINE about the challenges of overcoming the skeptism and embracing his own celebrity in his art.

The idea that Berlin has become a mecca for young artists from across the world has become something of a cliché, but the buzz surrounding a new art opening on Saturday night has less to do with the much-hyped city than the global celebrity of the artist himself.

Hollywood actor James Franco is launching his first commercial gallery show in the German capital, with works that address the anarchy and confusion of adolescence, and that also play with the unavoidable fact of his own fame.

The show features “childhood motives and images,” Franco explained to SPIEGEL ONLINE. “It’s about coming of age or defining oneself and the kind of self-definition that comes when you’re younger.” Continue reading

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