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May 16, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
So what will Jean Nouvel do? For the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of “Marriage of Figaro,” the second in Gustavo Dudamel's cycle of the Mozart operas with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the famed French architect will design installations as a set for the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage, as Frank Gehry did with his wondrous billowing crumpled paper sculptures for “Don Giovanni” a year ago. What will the Paris-based Tunisian avant-garde...
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August 3, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles has never been big on regret. For most of the city's history we've been so busy charging forward, inventing and reinventing the future, that we've rarely paused to wonder what might have been. In architecture, when we do look back, we usually focus more on mistakes of action than inaction. We mourn the landmarks we've knocked down rather than the ones we failed to build in the first place. But how do you catalog a history of mistimed, misguided or ill-fated ambition?
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May 20, 2013 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Jean Nouvel, the French architect, is credited with creating "installations" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," although "transformations" would be more accurate. Azzedine Alaïa designed the striking costumes. The result is a stunningly high style and wonderfully performed French "Figaro" that customized Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night in more ways than one. But since when do the French have a problem with French fries? The most noticeable thing upon entering Disney on Friday night was that Nouvel has audaciously covered up Gehry's signature sculptural organ pipes, nicknamed French fries.
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May 20, 2013 | Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
Jean Nouvel, the French architect, is credited with creating "installations" for the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of Mozart's "The Marriage of Figaro," although "transformations" would be more accurate. Azzedine Alaïa designed the striking costumes. The result is a stunningly high style and wonderfully performed French "Figaro" that customized Walt Disney Concert Hall on Friday night in more ways than one. But since when do the French have a problem with French fries? The most noticeable thing upon entering Disney on Friday night was that Nouvel has audaciously covered up Gehry's signature sculptural organ pipes, nicknamed French fries.
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May 17, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Suffice to say that Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte weren't thinking about Proposition 8 when they composed "The Marriage of Figaro. " The 1786 comic opera follows bullying Count Almaviva's efforts to invoke droit du seigneur to sexually conquer Susanna, bride-to-be of his right-hand man Figaro, on the couple's wedding night: a licentious sendup of European aristocracy with a simmering soupçon of class warfare to rouse the rabble....
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January 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Half a world away from the incomparable Louvre Museum in Paris , work soon will begin on another Louvre, with a price tag of about $650 million. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a 2007 cultural partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, won't look anything like the lavish 12th century building where Louis XIV once lived. The mushroom-shaped building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel is slated to be part of a cultural district planned for Saadiyat Island.
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March 31, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Jean Nouvel is an architect who gives irrationality a good name. The 62-year-old Parisian, who today will be named the 2008 winner of the Pritzker Prize, the field's top honor, has always been interested in pursuing designs that bring the practical craft of building and the dream world of the subconscious into alignment. That alignment is rarely airtight. It doesn't always follow the dictates of logic or the bottom line.
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June 21, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
When the Guthrie Theater chose French architect Jean Nouvel to design a new building along the Mississippi River, at least a few Minnesotans probably paused to wonder what the company had gotten itself into. The Guthrie's old thrust stage, a 1963 design by Ralph Rapson, might have been rickety and cramped, but it was beloved here. And Nouvel, who had never worked in America, was hardly a natural fit for Minneapolis.
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June 5, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
The master builders have been busy in Scandinavia. When Oslo's Opera House opened in April of last year, it instantly became one of the Norwegian capital's central attractions. A side benefit to the award-winning building, designed by the local architectural firm Snohetta and popular for its sloping walkway roof that juts over the harbor, is that after nearly a century of lobbying, Norwegian Opera has a special home and thus a crack at international prominence. Then, in January, Copenhagen unveiled a big blue cube that also is a major new concert hall.
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March 31, 2008 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Jean Nouvel, the versatile French architect who strives to balance his buildings' settings with a restless architectural language he seems to reinvent with each project, is the winner of the 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest honor of his profession. Nouvel, 62, is known for a body of work that lives up to his name, a variant of the French word for "new."
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May 17, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
Suffice to say that Mozart and librettist Lorenzo Da Ponte weren't thinking about Proposition 8 when they composed "The Marriage of Figaro. " The 1786 comic opera follows bullying Count Almaviva's efforts to invoke droit du seigneur to sexually conquer Susanna, bride-to-be of his right-hand man Figaro, on the couple's wedding night: a licentious sendup of European aristocracy with a simmering soupçon of class warfare to rouse the rabble....
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May 16, 2013 | By Mark Swed, Los Angeles Times Music Critic
So what will Jean Nouvel do? For the Los Angeles Philharmonic production of “Marriage of Figaro,” the second in Gustavo Dudamel's cycle of the Mozart operas with librettos by Lorenzo Da Ponte, the famed French architect will design installations as a set for the Walt Disney Concert Hall stage, as Frank Gehry did with his wondrous billowing crumpled paper sculptures for “Don Giovanni” a year ago. What will the Paris-based Tunisian avant-garde...
NEWS
January 14, 2013 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
Half a world away from the incomparable Louvre Museum in Paris , work soon will begin on another Louvre, with a price tag of about $650 million. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, which arose out of a 2007 cultural partnership between France and the United Arab Emirates, won't look anything like the lavish 12th century building where Louis XIV once lived. The mushroom-shaped building designed by French architect Jean Nouvel is slated to be part of a cultural district planned for Saadiyat Island.
ENTERTAINMENT
June 5, 2009 | MARK SWED, MUSIC CRITIC
The master builders have been busy in Scandinavia. When Oslo's Opera House opened in April of last year, it instantly became one of the Norwegian capital's central attractions. A side benefit to the award-winning building, designed by the local architectural firm Snohetta and popular for its sloping walkway roof that juts over the harbor, is that after nearly a century of lobbying, Norwegian Opera has a special home and thus a crack at international prominence. Then, in January, Copenhagen unveiled a big blue cube that also is a major new concert hall.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2008 | Anne-Marie O'Connor, Times Staff Writer
Jean Nouvel, the versatile French architect who strives to balance his buildings' settings with a restless architectural language he seems to reinvent with each project, is the winner of the 2008 Pritzker Architecture Prize, the highest honor of his profession. Nouvel, 62, is known for a body of work that lives up to his name, a variant of the French word for "new."
ENTERTAINMENT
March 31, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Architecture Critic
Jean Nouvel is an architect who gives irrationality a good name. The 62-year-old Parisian, who today will be named the 2008 winner of the Pritzker Prize, the field's top honor, has always been interested in pursuing designs that bring the practical craft of building and the dream world of the subconscious into alignment. That alignment is rarely airtight. It doesn't always follow the dictates of logic or the bottom line.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 3, 2013 | By Christopher Hawthorne, Los Angeles Times Architecture Critic
Los Angeles has never been big on regret. For most of the city's history we've been so busy charging forward, inventing and reinventing the future, that we've rarely paused to wonder what might have been. In architecture, when we do look back, we usually focus more on mistakes of action than inaction. We mourn the landmarks we've knocked down rather than the ones we failed to build in the first place. But how do you catalog a history of mistimed, misguided or ill-fated ambition?
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February 9, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
Jean Nouvel wants to add a hybrid to the Century City skyline. The French architect's proposal for a $400-million, 45-story luxury condo tower at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., unveiled Friday, is born of two species of architectural thinking that have long been in opposition.
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February 9, 2008 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
Jean Nouvel wants to add a hybrid to the Century City skyline. The French architect's proposal for a $400-million, 45-story luxury condo tower at 10000 Santa Monica Blvd., unveiled Friday, is born of two species of architectural thinking that have long been in opposition.
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June 21, 2006 | Christopher Hawthorne, Times Staff Writer
When the Guthrie Theater chose French architect Jean Nouvel to design a new building along the Mississippi River, at least a few Minnesotans probably paused to wonder what the company had gotten itself into. The Guthrie's old thrust stage, a 1963 design by Ralph Rapson, might have been rickety and cramped, but it was beloved here. And Nouvel, who had never worked in America, was hardly a natural fit for Minneapolis.
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