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Wednesday 15 December 2010

The best of the world's arts, film, literature and music brought to you every day. Presented by Harriett Gilbert.

In today's programme: The Arab Museum of Modern Art, American humorist and writer David Sedaris' new book, conductor Antonio Pappano records Rossini and Nadav Kander photographs the Yangtze river.


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  • Mathaf


    Arab Museum of Modern Art opens at the end of this year. Harriett talks to its chief curator, Wassan al Khudairi about the collection and the impact that new cultural centres like this are having on the Middle East.

    Mathaf opens to the public on 30th December.

    Photo: Dia Azzawi
    Red Sky with Birds, 1981
    Oil on canvas, 120 x 200.2 cm
    © Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

  • Mathaf Extra

    Mathaf Extra

    By Neziha Salim
    Tea, 1975
    Oil on canvas, 76 x 58.5 cm
    © Mathaf: Arab Museum of Modern Art

  • David Sedaris

    David Sedaris

    We speak to American humorist, writer, comedian, bestselling author, and radio contributor, David Sedaris about his new book, called 'Squirrel Seeks Chipmunk'. It's a genuinely wickedly funny selection of modern fables dealing with everyday life through the world of animals - including a pig that goes on a crash diet, a cat who visits a baboon beauty parlour and a self-pitying bear.

  • Pappano


    David Willey reports from Rome where star conductor Antonio Pappano has just recorded a rarely heard Rossini work, Stabat Mater, with the Santa Cecilia Orchestra and Chorus.

  • Nadav Kander

    Nadav Kander

    Photo by Nadav Kander.

    In 2006, drawn to the immense scale of China and its development, world renowned photographer Nadav Kander embarked on the project of photographing the Yangtze River, whose banks and waterways provide home and livelihood for hundreds of millions of Chinese. Taken over a three-year period, Kander's Yangtze River photographs speak of a China in the process of radical change, and of man's futility and subjugation of the natural world in the pursuit of development. Now the object of an exhibition entitled 'Yangtze, the Long River', at the M97 gallery in Shanghai until the 31st of December, the pictures were also imbued with his own personal emotions, as he explains to Harriett Gilbert.

    You can find websites for Nadav Kander's home page and the M97 gallery at the top of this page in the related links section.


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