It began in a Starbucks Corp. coffee shop in Berlin six years ago. Los Angeles Philharmonic Association President Deborah Borda and conductor Gustavo Dudamel decided to ask architect Frank Gehry to design sets for a trilogy of Mozart operas Dudamel wanted to stage.
Two years after opening a Paris branch, Gagosian, the world’s biggest commercial gallery network, this week inaugurates a big space in Le Bourget -- on the grounds of a Paris airport where private jets land.
Paris’s Praetorium, a seven-story office building that opened in 2009, was hailed as the first step in President Nicolas Sarkozy’s plan to revitalize the city’s La Defense skyscraper district. Today, it’s still empty.
As confetti and balloons fall from the ceiling, scores of bankers dressed as characters from TV shows and movies hit the dance floor in a circus-sized party tent in Lima, Peru. Jedi knights from Star Wars wave glowing green light sabers while the Flintstones groove to blasting techno-pop. Carlos Rodriguez-Pastor, one of Latin America’s least known billionaires, joins the throng, wearing a white wig, a silly hat and a big smile.