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Thursday, February 08, 2007

Lincoln Center moves East?

Like, Middle East!

From Kate Taylor in today's Sun:

Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts may join the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and the Louvre in establishing a foothold in Abu Dhabi, according to an Abu Dhabi official who is involved in designing the planned cultural district.

Abu Dhabi is "in early stages of talks with Lincoln Center, as part of the plan to attract the world's largest and best-known names to the project," the official, who did not wish to be identified, said in a statement released to The New York Sun. A spokeswoman for Lincoln Center declined to comment. The planned cultural district — developed by the Tourist Development & Investment Co., a corporation created by the Abu Dhabi Tourist Authority — is to occupy 670 acres on Saadiyat Island an will include four museums and a performing arts center. The Guggenheim will establish a contemporary art museum, designed by Frank Gehry. The Louvre is in final negotiations to license its name to a classical museum designed by Jean Nouvel. And, although the official did not specify, Abu Dhabi is apparently wooing Lincoln Center to fill the five theaters — two concert halls, an opera house, a theater, and an experimental theater — of the Zaha Hadid-designed performing arts center.

Read the rest of this ongoing odd, odd culture story here.

I'm not sure how Wendy Wasserstein would go over in
Abu Dhabi, Andre...

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