The Frank Gehry-designed Abu Dhabi satellite Guggenheim Museum is scheduled to open in 2026 after long delays. At 320,000 square feet, the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi will be the largest of the Guggenheim outposts and will rise on Saadiyat Island, a ground-up cultural district run by the state-owned Tourism Development & Investment Company that also plays host to other cultural institutions like Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi. – Architecture News
It’s difficult to get a sense of scale given the unconventional form of the building. Its floor area is 30,000 square metres. The Australian National Gallery space is 20,000 metres.
Another fabulous Gehry design that no doubt will draw millions of transit passengers out of the airport to contribute to the Abu Dhabi economy.
It’s not the objective, but remember that they will see some paintings too.
Maybe it’s not immediately obvious that in this Gehry plan, there are no floors. You swing through on ropes. No irritating crowds around the Mona Lisa. Swing and slide. There’s a pool at the bottom of each of the silver tubes.
We have a message from New York classical radio station WQXR’s Elliott Forrest.
He is on the board of the New York Youth Symphony and preparing to broadcast the work of some of its class of Very Young Composers.
Writes Elliott: ‘…what’s truly exhilarating is the high level of teaching and opportunity these kids are being exposed to. Just think how fundamental it will be for these young composers to have had their music played on the radio by some of the most talented people in the world — at the ripe age of eleven, no less! If you ask me, the kids aren’t just all right — I think they’re pretty darn stellar.’
Music to Fall For
Very Young Composers Get Their Radio Debut!
WQXR is partnering with the New York Philharmonic to showcase music written by nine extraordinary composers, all participants in the NYP’s Very Young Composers program. After an incredibly challenging year apart, these talented middle-schoolers (yes, middle-schoolers!) spent this summer writing music inspired by the theme of reconnecting and reuniting.
The composers you will hear are as young as 11, stretching all the way up to 14. You can hear them all by clicking here:
Does jazz get better when the musicians are starving?
Jig’s had the opportunity to hear some of the music submitted by nominees for the Freedman Jazz Fellowship, managed, as you probably know, by the Music Trust, publisher of this magazine.
The music was incredibly good and so diverse. Jazz is given parsimonious treatment, to put it generously, by Australian governments. It’s serious music and so its audience and box office are small. But the musicians are committed to their art and they carry on regardless. The music gets better and better but its circumstances languish.
On the evidence, the current Federal government is interested in the arts only for their contribution to the economy and employment. Consistent with its lack of heart and general comprehension of the world.
Jig’s has a prize for the first photo received of a fat jazz musician. If it turns out the musician plays pop on the side, it will be ruled ineligible. The entrant will be placed in solitary confinement for a week in a dark room in the jazz prison (another of our developmental ideas), with an unsuccessful country and western song playing on a piano accordion on a loop. We need some ethics around here, whatever Scomo thinks.
I think we can now turn our attention to other matters.
Like when Dominic Perottet shuffles the NSW Ministry, can there be an arts minister that knows something about the arts, for instance has confirmed the rumour that they are made mostly by artists, not accountants or bricklayers?