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.
With a garden out back, 3,000 square feet of ground-floor space, and glamorous Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel constructions nearby, the new home of art gallery Lombard-Freid Projects feels “like a rebirth,” says partner Lea Freid .
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.