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March 25, 1993 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
To the casual visitor, the industrial expanse east of the San Diego Freeway known as the Irvine Spectrum area appears as nothing more than another example of high-tech, exurban development. Yet, there are surprises in here, including a museum that is one of the most distinctive and compelling of all Orange County destinations. 11 to 12:30: It's doubtful that you have heard the name Severin Wunderman.
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March 26, 1995 | SUSAN HOWLETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the 10-foot walls, attack dogs and armed security surrounding his Mediterranean, cliff-top estate, it's no surprise that Gucci watch mogul Severin Wunderman has been called the Howard Hughes of Orange County. Dodging the tabloids after an ill-fated marriage several years ago to "NYPD Blue" actress Gail O'Grady, Wunderman, 56, has granted few interviews and allowed even fewer photographs.
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NEWS
March 26, 1995 | SUSAN HOWLETT, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
With the 10-foot walls, attack dogs and armed security surrounding his Mediterranean, cliff-top estate, it's no surprise that Gucci watch mogul Severin Wunderman has been called the Howard Hughes of Orange County. Dodging the tabloids after an ill-fated marriage several years ago to "NYPD Blue" actress Gail O'Grady, Wunderman, 56, has granted few interviews and allowed even fewer photographs.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1995 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deluged by anxious callers after reports that the Severin Wunderman Museum would close today , pending the transfer of its holdings to another institution, museum officials have decided to keep the galleries open through Friday, according to publicist Mary Crost. (Today was the original closing date of the current exhibition, "Vaslav Nijinsky: Art of the World's Greatest Dancer," on loan from the Nijinsky Foundation in Phoenix.
NEWS
January 11, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
As the former live-in love of Pablo Picasso, wife of Dr. Jonas Salk and an artist in her own right, Francoise Gilot knows a thing or two about style. Because of her personal style and role in the arts, the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine chose Gilot as the recipient of its 1994 Jean Cocteau International Style Award.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 7, 1995 | CATHY CURTIS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Deluged by anxious callers after reports that the Severin Wunderman Museum would close today , pending the transfer of its holdings to another institution, museum officials have decided to keep the galleries open through Friday, according to publicist Mary Crost. (Today was the original closing date of the current exhibition, "Vaslav Nijinsky: Art of the World's Greatest Dancer," on loan from the Nijinsky Foundation in Phoenix.
NEWS
November 3, 1994
The 10-year-old Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine was founded by Severin Wunderman, creator and board chairman of the Severin Group, which manufactures and distributes Gucci timepieces worldwide. The Belgium-born Wunderman, 55, developed a fascination as a youth with seminal 20th-Century French artist, writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, to whom the museum is dedicated. Wunderman's Laguna Beach home (up for sale) is one of his five residences in the United States, Switzerland and France.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993
Gucci has reportedly canceled its contract with Severin Montres Ltd., a large distributor of Gucci watches. Severin, a privately held Irvine company, had a contract with Milan-based Guccio Gucci SpA in Milan, Italy. That agreement was canceled last month, according to the trade publication Women's Wear Daily. The current contract, worth $30 million a year, expires in May, the trade journal reported. No one at Severin, which has about 100 employees in Irvine, would comment Monday.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I write with a pen of light." Jean Cocteau described his filmmaking in many ways, but that was his favorite. It's probably the most apt as well, for he was an adventurer who combined Dadaist impulses with an often unusual but determined sense of storytelling. His films feature strong narratives along with an overriding poetic expression--the best are digressions on the lyrical and dreamlike. Film was easily his most accomplished medium.
NEWS
November 3, 1994 | ANN CONWAY
S tay on the grass. That was the mandate at Sunday's tea at the immense Italian villa in South Laguna Beach that belongs to Severin Wunderman, founder of the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine. Guests could sip water under the rose-smothered gazebo, on a patio perched above the roaring sea, but tours of the $10-million Mediterranean digs were forbidden. In fact, if guests even came close to a stairway leading to Wunderman's front door, security guards shooed them away. "What?
NEWS
November 3, 1994
The 10-year-old Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine was founded by Severin Wunderman, creator and board chairman of the Severin Group, which manufactures and distributes Gucci timepieces worldwide. The Belgium-born Wunderman, 55, developed a fascination as a youth with seminal 20th-Century French artist, writer and filmmaker Jean Cocteau, to whom the museum is dedicated. Wunderman's Laguna Beach home (up for sale) is one of his five residences in the United States, Switzerland and France.
NEWS
November 3, 1994 | ANN CONWAY
S tay on the grass. That was the mandate at Sunday's tea at the immense Italian villa in South Laguna Beach that belongs to Severin Wunderman, founder of the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine. Guests could sip water under the rose-smothered gazebo, on a patio perched above the roaring sea, but tours of the $10-million Mediterranean digs were forbidden. In fact, if guests even came close to a stairway leading to Wunderman's front door, security guards shooed them away. "What?
NEWS
January 11, 1994 | KATHRYN BOLD
As the former live-in love of Pablo Picasso, wife of Dr. Jonas Salk and an artist in her own right, Francoise Gilot knows a thing or two about style. Because of her personal style and role in the arts, the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine chose Gilot as the recipient of its 1994 Jean Cocteau International Style Award.
BUSINESS
August 24, 1993
Gucci has reportedly canceled its contract with Severin Montres Ltd., a large distributor of Gucci watches. Severin, a privately held Irvine company, had a contract with Milan-based Guccio Gucci SpA in Milan, Italy. That agreement was canceled last month, according to the trade publication Women's Wear Daily. The current contract, worth $30 million a year, expires in May, the trade journal reported. No one at Severin, which has about 100 employees in Irvine, would comment Monday.
NEWS
March 25, 1993 | MAX JACOBSON, Max Jacobson is a free-lance writer who contributes regularly to The Times Orange County Edition.
To the casual visitor, the industrial expanse east of the San Diego Freeway known as the Irvine Spectrum area appears as nothing more than another example of high-tech, exurban development. Yet, there are surprises in here, including a museum that is one of the most distinctive and compelling of all Orange County destinations. 11 to 12:30: It's doubtful that you have heard the name Severin Wunderman.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 16, 1991 | MARK CHALON SMITH, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
"I write with a pen of light." Jean Cocteau described his filmmaking in many ways, but that was his favorite. It's probably the most apt as well, for he was an adventurer who combined Dadaist impulses with an often unusual but determined sense of storytelling. His films feature strong narratives along with an overriding poetic expression--the best are digressions on the lyrical and dreamlike. Film was easily his most accomplished medium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 1, 1994 | MARTIN MILLER
An exhibit by internationally recognized artist and author Francoise Gilot entitled "Mythology of the Gods" will be on display at the Severin Wunderman Museum in Irvine beginning Jan. 8. The exhibit will run through April 8. The exhibit is described by museum officials as a "forceful and vigorous incarnation" of the gods and goddesses of classical Greece.
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