The handover of the keys to the newly restored Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin on Thursday was ultimately a celebration of the building's esteemed architect, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe. Himself a modern art collector whose Chicago apartment featured works by Paul Klee and Picasso, the former Bauhaus director enthusiastically accepted a commission to design a contemporary art gallery in Berlin in the 1960s. Constructed between 1965 and 1968, the Neue Nationalgalerie, with its highly geometric form and vast glass windows around its signature upper showroom, became an instant classic of high modernist architecture. After a major refurbishment, it now begins a second life. As the keys were handed back to the Berlin State Museums that manage the institution alongside the neighboring Kulturforum, much was said of the fact that so little has changed after a six-year renovation. This is due to the painstaking effort by David Chipperfield Architects to first gut and update the … [Read more...] about Berlin’s iconic Neue Nationalgalerie is reborn
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Five people have been arrested over the theft of Lady Gaga's dogs, including the woman who returned the pets, Los Angeles police have said. The French bulldogs, named Asia, Koji and Gustav, were taken on 24 February in a violent attack in which their walker Ryan Fischer was shot. Mr Fischer, who survived the attack, has said on social media he had "a very close call with death". The attack, which happened on the famous Sunset Boulevard in Hollywood, was caught on video on a doorbell camera of a nearby home. In the video, two men jumped out of a white sedan, assaulting Mr Fischer and pulling out a gun. Advertisement A single shot was fired and the men made off with the dogs. Mr Fischer is seen screaming "Oh, my God, I've been shot" and "help me" and "I'm bleeding out from my chest". More from Lady Gaga Lady Gaga's House of Gucci film prompts fashion-house heirs to appeal to director over their portrayal Lady Gaga's dog walker … [Read more...] about Five arrested over violent theft of Lady Gaga’s dogs – including woman who returned them
Coldplay has unveiled the first single from its upcoming album, with the premiere of Higher Power taking place on board the International Space Station. Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jonny Buckland, and Will Champion teamed up with French astronaut Thomas Pesquet for the stunt, which saw the track played on the ISS and beamed back to Earth by satellite. In a video chat, Martin told the 43-year-old aerospace engineer: "Right now we aren't able to play for anybody on Earth, so we thought we'd just play for you. It's like our one-man concert." Produced by Swedish songwriter and producer Max Martin, the song had already been teased on a cryptic video and a website referencing an Alien Radio, and a part of it was on TikTok for 24 hours. In the music video, the band members play in colourful outfits in front of shipping containers, while alien hologram dancers perform around them. Advertisement Last week, the band wrote on Twitter that the song had "arrived on … [Read more...] about Coldplay’s new single is out of this world (quite literally)
Music students to Germany from abroad should be familiar with composers such as Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Stockhausen. However, knowing modern Nigerian composers like Joshua Uzoigwe and Fela Sowande or the 16th-century Indian court musician Tansen is neither expected nor is their music taught in German music colleges. "For the entrance exams, you have to be familiar with Western European music; you can't apply as a specialist in African drum rhythms," Julia Gerlach from Berlin's Akademie der Künste cultural institute told Deutsche Welle. Watch video 04:13 Share Berlin, city of music, goes online Send Facebook Twitter reddit EMail Facebook Messenger Web Whatsapp Web Telegram linkedin Permalink https://p.dw.com/p/3rXHj Berlin, city of music, goes online Oxford plans to change curriculum The University of Oxford has recognized the lack of diversity in its curriculum. Recently, Britain's The Sunday … [Read more...] about Is classical music colonialist?
Boris Johnson is guilty. Yes, I know he hasn’t been tried yet. The Electoral Commission has barely begun its investigation into whether he broke the rules over the most famous piece of home decorating since Marie Antoinette moved into her apartment in Versailles a few centuries ago. And anyway not everyone understands the arcane rules governing political donations in their many guises. Some may say: ‘He paid out of his own pocket in the end, so what’s the problem?’ The problem is that he’s playing us for fools. That’s more than just an affront to our intelligence. It’s an affront to democracy. I base that seemingly harsh judgment on one seemingly simple phrase: The People’s Priorities. Mr Johnson uses it endlessly and has been doing so for years. He’s not alone. It’s a tactic politicians routinely deploy when they get into a spot of bother. Boris Johnson is guilty. Yes, I know he hasn’t been tried yet. The Electoral Commission has barely begun its investigation into … [Read more...] about JOHN HUMPHRYS: Beware any leader who speaks of ‘The People’s Priorities’