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Gehry Blogs on the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi

The London Guardian‘s art and architecture blog today has an entry written by architect Frank Gehry himself, discussing his plans for the new Guggenheim Abu Dhabi.
Who knew that candid blogging was among his many talents?
Some tasty quotes:
We’ve done the designs and now we’re waiting for the final go ahead, any time soon. This really is like nothing we’ve done before….
Abu Dhabi’s going to be…a take on a traditional, spread out, organic Arab village or town. Not literally, but it’ll have the equivalent of streets and alleys, souk-like spaces and plazas, some shaded and others covered. It’ll be the biggest Guggenheim yet….
It’s going to be nothing like the new MoMA in New York, by the way; that’s like a big, shiny department store….
Abu Dhabi does throw up some very particular issues for the Guggenheim and the display of art. I don’t think we’ll be allowed to display nudes, and there are all sorts of concerns about the way women are allowed to be shown.

In Looking Around today, Time blogger Richard Lacayo muses about these strictures:
Will the Guggenheim be submitting shows for approval to a governing body in the emirate? Will they remove offending works pre-emptively?
CultureGrrl asks: Is it kosher to establish a museum named for a Jewish founder in a country that doesn’t recognize Israel?
For more on the proposed Abu Dhabi museums, go here, here and here.

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