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RADAR

Each week our Arts.21 reporters scour Germany's cultural scene and present you with a selection of their best finds.

RADAR: Le Corbusier Anniversary

Le Corbusier, Scheidegger & Spiess Publ.
Form follows function. Utilitarian with elemental geometric lines, pre-fabricated concrete, and bold brutalism the essence of legendary Swiss architect Le Corbusier. A new book has been published to mark the 50th anniversary of his death. Le Corbusier: a highly influential but also controversial figure in modern architecture. His works grace locations across the world -- houses, residential estates and churches in France and Germany but also buildings in Chandigahr, India. A pioneer of the modern era. Not only an architect, but also a painter and designer. These were his chairs -- bold, and functional. The book is an homage to Le Corbusier and his legacy. Somewhat too untroubled, but a fascinating tribute.


RADAR: Pop Duo BOY

"We Were Here", BOY, New Album
Two young women with their sensitive brand of Pop -- BOY are back! Their second album was four years in the making. "We Were Here" features synth sounds in acoustic arrangements. Swiss singer Valeska Steiner and German musician Sonja Glass share the songwriting. They met while studying at the Hamburg School of Music and Theater. In 2011, their debut album "Mutual Friends" was released to critical acclaim. It went gold in Germany and also charted internationally. Their new songs are every bit as catchy and capitivating. A bit too one-dimensional for some, but well worth a listen.


RADAR: Murmel, Murmel in Edinburgh

Edinburgh International Festival, 7-31 August 2015
One work, one word. For seventy-five minutes, the only dialogue is the word "Murmel". Is this the most boring play in the world? No way! In Berlin, it's been delighting audiences for more than three years. And now "Murmel Murmel" is about to feature at the one the world's best-known arts gatherings: the Edinburgh International Festival in Scotland. Three weeks of music, theater, dance and comedy. 3-thousand artists from 39 nations, with stars like Juliette Binoche. And half a million visitors. Even by Edinburgh standards, though, this is a unusual work. Originally by neo-Dada artist Dieter Roth, it's now been staged by director Herbert Fritsch. His version is a psychedelic tour de force, full of drama, slapstick, and nonsense. Surreal -- and sensational.

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