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Music Legends

GREMS AT ADDA GALLERY

If you live in Ibiza or have spent enough time on the island to eat an ensalada payesa (farmer’s salad) at Ca n’Anneta, or to buy a belt at Pedro’s, then you’ll have surely heard someone say: “The 60s were much better,” “Kate Moss was partying at Rock Nights and we had a kiss,” “I was at Freddy Mercury’s 40th birthday party,” and a long list of sayings that veer between the mundane and the unbelievable. One of the people who were actually on the island in the glory days of the 60s, 70s and 80s – and beyond – is Carlos Martorell; a standard-bearer of hippy Ibiza: from riding a horse in the nude to parties where both an average Joe and Mick Jagger could hang out in ease. He lived close to Studio 54 during his years at New York, and it was here where he photographed Grace Jones behind closed doors. She told him “I need something for my head,” and he brought her a hat. I suspect that wasn’t what she needed exactly… Tales like these are all the more reason why we like to hear his stories of yesteryear
When I asked Carlos if he thought that people knew how to have more fun back then, he doesn’t hesitate for one second: “Hell yeah! We had a great time with the simplest of things; my house didn’t have water or electricity for 35 years and there was always someone singing and dancing there. We hung a notebook and a pen on the doors to leave messages, it was the hippy version of WhatsApp because there were no mobile phones”.

Carlos Martorell, who is one of the island’s rst PR’s, organized exclusive parties and said: “They were VIP parties only in terms of the people that came, not in who could come or not because I don’t like separating people. At my parties in Ku, Amnesia and Pacha everybody danced and hung out together, they were such magical times. You could come in as long as you were attractive and up for a dance. It was hard for me to turn people away at the door, but I had to do it because not everyone could get in. We didn’t want to pack the party, because we wanted people to have a good time, be comfortable and dance freely at the same time.”
Music had other stars back then: Frank Zappa, Eric Clapton, Joni Mitchell, Bob Marley… The King of Reggae came to Ibiza thanks to Roger Middleton to hold a concert (in the now-disappeared) Ibiza bullring near the port. “I remember that night perfectly because I borrowed a car from the husband of a close friend of mine, it was a black Range Rover with a gold stripe. Imagine how cool that was in Ibiza at the time! I was very naive and didn’t know anything about what he did for a living, but it turned out that he was a big American drug dealer. I took my friend to the concert, but we had no choice but to listen to it from the car, in front of Bob’s dressing room, because her husband made us promise not to leave the Range Rover unattended.” Carlos had organized a party for Marley at Pacha, but the Jamaican superstar didn’t go because he was so stoned that he went straight to the hotel to sleep it off . But the party went ahead anyway.

Another person who had a love affair with the island was Mike Oldfield, who placed Es Vedrá (Ibiza) on the cover of his album “Voyager” (shame that it turned out to be one of the most boring pieces of music in history, but that’s another matter). The English musician bought a small house on the cliffs in Es Cubells – which he got rid of due to the area’s unstable ground – and later sold it to Noel Gallagher who also ended up selling it for a much better reason: he didn’t want to be James Blunt’s neighbor.
The island has hosted concerts that have made history including one by James Brown, whom Carlos was lucky enough to meet. He said: “I was on the same plane as Brother James as he was coming to the island do a concert in Ku nightclub (now Privilege Ibiza), but the plane was delayed and he was going to arrive late. I knew the club inside out as I had organized the ‘Funeral for the Mediterranean’ – a party to protest against the plastic pollution on Ibiza’s beaches. So I described the club’s layout and gave him a detailed sketch of where he had to go to save time. I also have to mention Freddie Mercury and Montserrat Caballé performing their anthem “Barcelona” for the first time in Ku in May 1987, organized by Pino Sagliocco. It was a spectacular night which we followed up with a party at Pikes. The song went on to be the main anthem of the Barcelona Olympics in 1992.”

In recent years, Ibiza’s popularity has exploded through its association with electronic music, leading it to become renowned throughout the world, both in a good and bad way. Among the latter is the lack of musical variety, because the island needs more live bands and singers performing here. Spain has so many talented musicians that deserve to be performing in Ibiza. At Concept, we are committed to presenting live music through Dorado Live Shows. This concert series brings the best in Spanish and international indie and rock to the island, and its success is a clear indication that the island is crying out for more.
“Ibiza needs to return to its essence in this sense. Since the 90s things have become distorted by business interests, electronic music, designer drugs and the huge size of the venues, all in detriment to the island’s essence. We need more venues like KM5 where you could listen to live music or in El Naif which I opened with Elle McPherson and Mick Jagger. I remember that they wanted to kick us out early that night. It was only 12 a.m. and some jealous so-and-so had called the police because of the noise, but I wasn’t going to stop such a swinging party. I won over the police captain who arrived to shut us down by introducing him to Mick, and he was so thrilled to meet the Rolling Stone in person that he told me: “Keep the party going, Martorell!”

Let’s keep partying and music alive!

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Grems at Adda Gallery

GREMS AT ADDA GALLERY

Adda Gallery presents a new exhibition format in which the work of the artists escape the confines of traditional media and expand onto the gallery walls.
A new form of installation in which the transitional space becomes the perfect surface for interventions by artists and muralists from around the world.

 

The mural pieces, which are an essential facet of the gallery’s artists, become part of the Paradiso experience, opening new ways of interaction with the public.

In first such intervention of 2021, we present GREMS (Paris, 1978). Describing his style is especially difficult, since he is characterized by his creativity in fields as diverse as painting, illustration, design and music. Linking the body of work are the common elements that denote his graffiti experience, the use of letters and symbols arranged as if it were a reading, with colors establishing contrast codes.

 

GREMS uses form, line and color at the service of his intuition to make expressive and direct works, in which abstraction, expressionism and the influence of graffiti are found in a display of energy and luminosity.

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Why Hats

WHY HATS

If you’re crazy about hats, then you’re in luck because WHY HATS have arrived in Ibiza, promising to be a match made in heaven. Genis Whylan, who is the brand’s artisan and craftsman, is a rock ‘n’ roll lover who hails from Barcelona and comes with his guitar tucked under his arm. Why Hats are 100% handmade & custom-made, so each piece is one of a kind.

 

Made from top-quality materials and hand-dyed and sanded, these superb hats reflect the wearer’s personality.
You are free to choose the colour, fabric and adornments that suit you best.

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If you still haven’t got yours, then come on down to the Why Hats corner in the Zero Suite at Paradiso Art Hotel on 2nd, 12th, 26th June and the 3rd and 24th July.

They’ll also be on sale at our Rock Nights party, each Friday after our Dorado Live Shows concerts.

 

Make your summer wild with this most rocker of accessories!

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Marimba opening

MARIMBA OPENING

Cannabidiol, better known as CBD, is the natural compound whose therapeutic properties you’ve heard of, over and over again. Used to maintain certain bodily functions such as sleep, appetite and pain relief, there are plenty of reasons why CBD has cultivated followers and created headlines around the world.

It has now reached Paradiso Art Hotel thanks to MARIMBA, a space designed as a Concept Store where you can not only find a wealth of CBD-related products including:

natural cosmetics, limited edition clothing and trainers, Cookies Corner, as well as vaporisers, special edition objects designed by Keith Haring, and a whole lot more.

Marimba opens its doors today, putting the cherry on top of our most arty hotel.

 

We’ll be waiting for you!

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A day for the planet

CLEANING THROUGHOUT THE ISLAND.
May 30 from 10am to 2pm

Come join @creativesfortheplanet in Santos Ibiza to support “A DAY FOR THE PLANET” in which he is calling all the people of Ibiza to go out and clean their environment as a symbol of mutual responsibility to take care of our planet!

See you on May 30 in Santos Ibiza at 10 am to start the collection at the beach d’en Bossa.

Put on your gloves, go outside, collect all the trash you can and enjoy some musical and artistic events after taking your trash to one of the collection points.

Everything that happens in A Day For The Planet, all the action, art and mutual care will be collected, filmed, photographed and combined in an online magazine: The Vision.

So send your photo to @creativesfortheplanet with your garbage collected and its estimated weight. “We want you and your action to appear in the magazine and on social media.”

Stay tuned to the map …

It will show the collection points, as well as the cleaning crews and all the other fun things that will happen.

Check out the Gofundme campaign from @creativesfortheplanet, they would greatly appreciate your support:

https://gofund.me/b779c59a


Together, For The Planet!

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Music Legends in Ibiza

Ibiza, the music refuge

By Pablo Sierra

In the late 1960s, a shockwave of hippy love crossed the Atlantic to dock on European shores. Ibiza was one of the epicentres of an earthquake that questioned everything, but changed almost nothing except culture in general. Music: rock, folk, psychedelia, funk, punk, reggae and disco changed forever. A smörgåsbord of sounds provided the soundtrack for an island that became a refuge and source of inspiration for many artists until the nineties.

Christa Päffgen’s pale complexion contrasted with the darkness of a voice that illuminated avant-garde scene art scene half a century ago. A deep tone resonated from her voluptuous lips. This German singer’s overwhelming beauty captivated all who made her their muse. Andy Warhol was the first to fall under a spell, that also captivated the members of The Velvet Underground.

The international pop-rock scene quickly followed suit as Christa became Nico, the stage name she was given by a photographer. She became a singer-songwriter, model and actress, whose stunning, chiselled features ultimately brought her more sadness than joy. After touring on several low budget tours in the 80s, she wanted to get away from it all and went to Ibiza on holiday in 1988.

She loved riding her bike along the island’s rural roads and unfortunately, this is how she met her end. On 18th July she fell off her bike and hit her head on a rock, causing severe brain haemorrhage. Her friends said goodbye by playing her songs on a cassette tape at her funeral.

An artist who always had a pleasant relationship with God and Ibiza is Nina Hagen, another German whose dazzling performances raised the extravagance of operatic punk to the next level. Nina experienced an epiphany when experimenting with LSD, a moment that marked her destiny. She was nineteen years old when she heard a male voice mumbling, “Nina, I’m here. I will help you.” From then on her dogma consisted of a mixture of religion, spiritualism and a fervent belief in aliens.

The mother of punk decided to get married in Ibiza in 1987 to an 18-year old called Iroquois. Their wedding photo is one of the most original of all time: Nina with a cascade of red hair flowing down her back and Iroquois sporting a massive Mohican. The nuptials were crowned with a wild celebration of their love at Benirràs, an occasion that only a privileged few could attend. It’s quite possibly the most bizarre wedding that the island has ever known.

Grace Jones has graced Ibiza with two concerts, spanning different decades. The Jamaican diva had been the queen of New York in the late 70s, and ten years later at the peak of her powers, she performed in Ibiza. Jones was, and – still is – beautiful, artful, exotic and frighteningly wild. In 1988 she won over KU’s audience with a disco tour-de-force that saw her wear outfits that have influenced modern- day divas such as Lady Gaga and Rihanna. Jones’ physique – an androgynous and slender sculpture carved in ebony – did not go unnoticed when she moved around the island. There is an iconic photo of her sticking her tongue out at Carles Ribas’ camera while she walks the beach in the company of Tony Pike that particularly sticks in the memory. She made a triumphant return to the island in 2009, with a sold-out concert at Space Ibiza in 2009 that took the breath away. She literally was a Hurricane, the title of her first album in almost twenty years.

Another legend who didn’t want to miss the opportunity of getting a tan under Ibizan skies was Jimmy Page, a badass guitarist who led one of the most influential bands of all time: Led Zeppelin. They broke up in 1980 after the tragic death of drummer John Bonham, but Page continued to fly solo. Five years later he answered the siren call of Ibiza, where he played to at the Sun Power Festival, an idea that seemed good on paper but was, in reality, a complete failure. Accompanied by Chris Squire – the bass player from Yes, and Jason Bonham, son of John, they played three songs in front of a disappointing crowd of 1000 people (8000 tickets were put on sale).

If we are talking about guitar wizards then we have to mention Eric Clapton. The one-time member of Cream set sail for Ibiza from Cannes to star in a concert at the Bullring in August 1977. However, they hit some heavy weather and the resulting storm almost sunk their boat. The Mediterranean Sea may seem tame but it can be treacherous. If you have seen the scene in The Wolf of Wall Street where Jordan’s yacht sinks on the way to the Costa Azul can probably imagine what Eric’s voyage was like. It’s been said that Clapton’s boat bounced around the seas like a ball in a pinball machine. One of several people to be called the fifth Beatle because of a strong connection with George Harrison, he lived to tell the tale and appeared live in concert on 5th August 1977.

Frank Zappa, one of the stars of Ibiza ‘92 Festival, had a more relaxing time when he came over. His visit was quick, as fleeting as a comet that leaves an indelible trail in its wake before disappearing. Frank Zappa visited the island in summer 1989 (four years before dying of prostate cancer) but the island left a huge impression him, as seen in an immortal photo of Frank pointing his finger at the Es Vedrà islet, while stating: “”Ibiza is a fantastic island, here sex shines brighter than the sun.” No wonder this contemporary Renaissance man was so successful.

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Legendary Hotels: The Chelsea

The Chelsea: A muse as an hotel

By Pablo Burgués

As well as being rich, famous and having the best hair out of all your modern buddies (together), there are two more things that Bob Marley, Patti Smith,Jimi Hendrix, Charles Bukowski, Uma Thurman, Dennis Hopper and Keith Richards have in common. First: they love (or loved) partying hard above all else. Second: they all found time in their helter-skelter schedules to check in for an extended stay at The Chelsea Hotel in New York.

Since opening in 1905 this charismatic building, situated between 7th and 8th Avenue, became the cultural and artistic epicentre for bohemian New Yorkers. Or in other words, a den of carnal desire and moral ruin where all types of artists and shady characters fell in to in search of inspiration (and that which wasn’t at all inspirational).

Many, many crazy tales have been told about what happened behind the red brick façade of The Chelsea, but as you surely have better things to do in Ibiza than read a magazine, we will give you a brief rundown of the hotel’s most (in)famous moments.

4th November 1953. Room 217 Dylan Thomas, the Welsh poet and author (the person from whom Bob Dylan took his stage name) died (according to legend) after drinking industrial quantities of alcohol laced with a quarter of morphine. And you think you’re hard by drinking vodka with Red Bull.

12th October 1978. Room 100 Sid Vicious, bass player with the Sex Pistols, got so fucked up on heroin that he supposedly stabbed his girlfriend, Nancy Spungen, to death.

I bet you’re thinking, “wow, drugs are really bad”. Well for your information painter Alphaeus Cole (another party animal) lived in The Chelsea during 35 years and died peacefully in his room, aged at 112 years and 136 days old. Therefore getting off your head is bad, but for some it is doesn’t make the slightest bit of difference.

We’re going to leave the juicy stories aside because The Chelsea is also famous for being a tremendously inspiring place, one of those magical establishments that are so full of energy that even someone completely out touch with music such as Louie Bega (Mambo No.5 has to be one of the worst crimes committed in the name of music) or anyone who ‘performs’ at Eurovision, would have been able to compose a hit. Great examples of songs written about the establishment include: Bob Dylan “Sad Eyed Lady of the Lowlands”, Jon Bon Jovi “Midnight in Chelsea”, The Stooges “We
Will Fall” and Ryan Adams “Hotel Chelsea Nights”.

Some superb films have also been shot or written at the hotel such as 91⁄2 Weeks, Sid & Nancy, Leon and 2001: A Space Odyssey.

The hotel’s sheets have also born witness to epic love stories between Jim Morrison and Nico or Leonard Cohen and Janis Joplin, an affair immortalised in his song “Chelsea Hotel #2”. Madonna, who was in her imperial, 80s temptress phase, also lived and shot her Sex book there, in Room 822.

The hotel was closed in July 2011 as it was taken over by new owners, supposedly for renovations that were due to last a year. More than 8 years later it still remains closed and covered with scaffolding, with approximately 50 tenants still living inside and multiple lawsuits and changes of ownership meaning an endless renovation process. So until it reopens, if you are a writer in search of inspiration, a musician looking for that killer riff or a mere mortal who wants to pay a sexual tribute to that special one that makes you hot, then check-in at Paradise Ibiza Art Hotel, The Chelsea of the Mediterranean.

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Ibiza 92

Cuando Montserrat conoció a Freddie

By Pablo Sierra
Photos courtesy of Juan Suárez

In the middle of that glorious decade known as the Eighties, Spain was taking firm steps towards becoming the modern society that we know today.

There was a hurry to take advantage of the opportunities that the Barcelona Olympic Games and the Seville Expo would provide. Music, and Ibiza, wasn’t about to get left behind. Pino Sagliocco, an Italian based in Ibiza, escaped the town of his birth, Mezzogiorno, to become one of the boldest promoters in the world. Based In Ibiza at the beginning of the 80s, Sagliocco was in the right place, at the right time, when he invented Ibiza’92.“What makes Pino Sagliocco great is his ability in thinking bigger, better and further than the rest of us mortals.

That’s what makes him unique and incomparable.” said Juan Suárez, one of the collaborators who worked with Pino on the festival, held in KU discotheque, that hosted concerts from la crème de la crème of the music world, between 1987 and 1990. Grace Jones, Spandau Ballet, Duran Duran, Mick Jones from The Clash, Chris Rea, El Último de la Fila, Hombres G, and Ramoncín were just some of the great names that played.

Frank Zappa attended the concerts and happily chatted to journalists and music lovers about how music was changing culture, something he unfortunately didn’t get to see himself due to his premature death in 1993. Suárez continued “Zappa was living proof that when superstars come to Ibiza they are so much more relaxed, because they get to escape their normal routine”.

Before Ibiza’92, Suárez had already been on the KU stage to present James Brown in concert (which was another Sagliocco production). The Godfather of Soul was in the twilight of his career, and although he gave the promoters a hard time with his extravagant requests, the music that Brother Brown delivered that night made the walls drip with soul. An incredible concert.

Before Ibiza’92, Suárez had already been on the KU stage to present James Brown in concert (which was another Sagliocco production). The Godfather of Soul was in the twilight of his career, and although he gave the promoters a hard time with his extravagant requests, the music that Brother Brown delivered that night made the walls drip with soul. An incredible concert.

Sagliocco’s wish came true on 30th May 1987, and was filmed by the cameras from state channel, Spanish Television, with two thousand people in the audience and a production that cost 300 million pesetas, a large amount of money at the time (equivalent to the annual salary of three footballers from Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, for example). Caballé, as journalist Jacinto Antón wrote in El País, was led by Freddie Mercury dressed in a tuxedo on to the stage and this image entered into the history of music and sports. Five years later the song was the official anthem of the Barcelona Olympic Games.

At a time when the internet was still a distant dream Suarez recalled that “you had to travel to London, Madrid, Barcelona, Los Angeles or the fashion capitals to hire the big artists. Negotiations and contracts were made by telex (note for millennials: the telex, or teletype, was a device that allowed to the sending of typed messages, an analogical fusion between the 19th telegraph and the 21st century WhatsApp, that thirty years ago, was very useful for war correspondents and event promoters to send stories or contracts to the other parts of the world).

This method was followed by fax and telephone. However the personal presence of the promoter was important because it gave credibility, economic guarantees and visibility for projects” The technical side of things was also a challenge. In the late Eighties, organising a festival on the island – the Sueños de Libertad festival is a recent example – was much more expensive and complex than organising it on the Spanish peninsula.

“Setting up a show on the island costs ten times more work, money, passion and effort than in any other part of the world. Back then there were no light or sound companies on the island that had the necessary equipment for a concert.

This meant having to bring in amplifiers, lights and sound equipment from outside of the island, and this made it very difficult to organise any concerts. You had to resort to playback at times, especially when it was recorded for television, for takes, repeats and so on. And some artists would only perform with playback because they loved it so much,” said Suarez.

However, Suárez considers that “Ibiza’92 was a groundbreaking event, both visually and musically, it was well worth the effort”. “The island was then known as a destination for family tourism, or for the British, partying in Sant Antoni. The international broadcast of the festivals, and the number of well-known artists who performed, generated a new trend that turned the island into an unmissable destination for music and entertainment. Pino Sagliocco planted the seed of what Ibiza is now: the mecca of global electronic music “.

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Legendary Hotels: The Mutiny

The Mutiny: Sex, drugs and a monkey with a Rolex

By Pablo Burgués

In the 1960s, Miami was a glorified retirement home where the wildest thing you could do was to participate in an illegal electric wheelchair race. However, the end of the 1970’s saw everything change, and this sunny haven of peace became one of the bloodiest and most violent cities in the USA.


What the hell happened? Well, a handful of drug traffickers from Cuba, Venezuela and Colombia came to the city with the “noble” aim of gaining control of the drug trafficking route in the southern United States. These people mostly let their guns do the talking, and pretty soon Miami became the city with the most homicides in the whole country. The coming and going of corpses became so extreme that the county morgue, having more dead bodies than they could handle, had to rent a refrigeration truck from Burger King. Grilled tastes better !!!

In the middle of this bloodbath was a paradisiacal place where peace and friendship reigned called The Mutiny. This hotel, halfway between The Playboy Mansion and Studio 54, was described by its owner, Burton Goldberg as “the place where anything could happen”… and, oh boy, did those thingthings happen!

Located in the Coconut Grove neighbourhood (South Beach), the place had 130 thematic rooms, with each one more and more extravagant, and it was the place to stay for the biggest and naughtiest stars on the planet: Paul Newman, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Led Zeppelin, Don Johnson, The Eagles, Fleetwood Mac and of course the original latin lover himself: Don Julio Iglesias.

Big as all these dudes and dudesses were, the guys who really ruled The Mutiny were the drug traffickers, who had by now turned the hotel into their personal operations centre. Through this Nar- Coworking passed some authentic legends of the chang such as El Perro, Super Papi, El Raspao and Mr Pablo Escobar himself. Although without a doubt the most ‘chingón’ of all was Mario Tabraeu.
It is said that this lovely human paid $25,000 to fill the bathtub in his room with Dom Perignon, and that he walked around with a chimpanzee who wore some gangster gold chains and a Rolex. It is rumoured that Tony Montana, the character played by Al Pacino in the film Scarface, is inspired on him (Mario Tabraeu, not the monkey).

For years The Mutiny’s installations were in international waters, a kind of free trade zone where the jet-set, the police and the narcos shared a table and happily did business. However, the bad guys begat more bad guys, and pretty soon it became a haven of hired assassins. The hotel stopped being cool and started to become very scary indeed and soon many of the hotel’s clients stopped going.

In 1981 a certain Miguel Miranda, a Santeria drug trafficker who used to drink the blood of slaughtered animals, murdered one of the hotel’s waitresses. Her body appeared days later in Key West, wrapped in one of The Mutiny’s bedsheets. This murder was the final blow for a business that was already in decline, and it finally closed its doors in 1984.

In the mid 1990’s the hotel was reopened by an important luxury hotel chain. It is still open today, but now there is no trace left of its decadent past and the wildest thing you could do on its grounds is snort a ginger detox juice.

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Addicted To Art: Adda Gallery Ibiza

Adda Gallery Ibiza: abducted by urban art

By Pablo Sierra

There are calls that change your life. When Anna Dimitrova, gallery owner and cultural manager, picked up the phone, she did not know that a few months later she would be setting up an art gallery in Ibiza.
When she hung up the phone, this native of Bulgaria, educated in Morocco, and who currently commutes between Barcelona and Paris, was almost instantly convinced to take up the challenge posed to her: to be the artistic heart of Paradiso Ibiza Art Hotel.

–Two years ago Diana Kunst called me and said: “Would you like to open a gallery in Ibiza?” The idea tempted me a lot and, at that moment, I saw everything clearly. I visited the building, which in the future would be the hotel, and I found it impossible not to fall in love with Paradiso.

This is a great example of who Dimitrova is: she isn’t a person to hide her emotions and she doesn’t mind doing drastic turns if passion is behind the wheel. Until 2007 she was dedicated to the world of advertising and communication. From then on she applied her knowledge to branding, marketing and investing her time in what she really loved; art. She especially loves urban art and she said: “There has been an explosion in street art, a real boom, and it is increasingly recognised by a larger audience. It has created authentic fans who follow their favourite artists around the world, and know everything about them. People are very motivated to see this type of art exhibition”. She currently curates artists such as: Escif, Ebok, Levalet, Spok, Smithe, Nuria Mora and Sebas Velasco.

“Desde pequeña me obsesionan la cultura y el arte. Cuando crecí tuve cabeza para darme cuenta de que era bastante mejor organizando que dibujando”, dice Dimitrova. Nobulo y Adda son el fruto de su esfuerzo y de su gusto por la belleza transgresora. A través de sus dos proyectos produce exposiciones por todos los rincones del planeta. En las dos ciudades donde duerme la mayor parte de las noches dirige y gestiona, respectivamente, sendos espacios expositivos: Montana Gallery, en Barcelona, y Adda&Taxie, en París. 

“Ever since I was young I have been obsessed with culture and art. When I grew up I realised that I was much better at organising than at drawing, “says Dimitrova. Nobulo and Adda are the fruit of her efforts, as well as her taste for transgressive beauty. She organises exhibitions in all corners of the world through these two projects. Anna currently directs and manages exhibitions in the two cities where she spends the majority of her time, precisely in Montana Gallery in Barcelona, and Adda & Taxie in Paris.

 In 2018 Paradiso became a part of her working life, as the place where she has launched Adda Gallery Ibiza: “The risk of filling a hotel with art is that the works end up being simple decoration. This does not happen in Paradiso for a very simple reason: the gallery is independent from the hotel, and although it is separate, it is at the same time connected to the rest of the facilities. We nourish each other, but each zone maintains its personality.” For Dimitrova, that fact that each room is dedicated to a different artist, and that the lobby is a place where art experiences occur is something more than the hotel’s hallmark. It is the soul of Paradiso because “works of art transmit the energy and experiences of their creators in the space where they are exposed”.

The coloured pills of the young Catalan graffiti artist Abel Iglesias (in May and June 2019) and the wild fauna that the Madrid muralist Sabek (in July and August 2019) expresses in his art will be the two individual exhibitions hosted at Adda Gallery Ibiza this season. In September and October 2019, the 4th edition of the collective exhibition “O”, will arrive in Paradiso; a visual ode to eroticism and sensuality, where artists such as Apollonia, Saintclair, Mark Bodé, Alphachanneling, Enric Sant and photographer Diana Kunst, Dimitrova’s great friend, will take part. During the summer, Jorge Arévalo’s illustrations, and the suggestive mixture of painting, photography and nudity by Eric Ceccarini, a Belgian artist based in Ibiza, will define the landscape in the Paradiso lobby.

“I love Spain because the urban artists who live in different cities talk and communicate with each other. They are in constantly in contact and carry out common projects that enrich them as creators. This happens less frequently in other countries such as France, for example. Scheduling an exhibition for an artist like Eric [Ceccarini] in the Ibiza gallery is very interesting because then there is a necessary interaction with local art. Since we opened, many artists from the island have passed through Paradiso to introduce themselves and show their work “, says Anna Dimitrova. She continued: “ Me, my Ibicencan gallery and the Paradiso Ibiza were like a UFO, landing in the middle of Cala de Bou. It was something that had never been seen before in this area. I am convinced that the light of the project will also attract the rest of the zone.” It is safe to say that it is already shining brightly.

“I love Spain because the urban artists who live in different cities talk and communicate with each other. They are in constantly in contact and carry out common projects that enrich them as creators. This happens less frequently in other countries such as France, for example. Scheduling an exhibition for an artist like Eric [Ceccarini] in the Ibiza gallery is very interesting because then there is a necessary interaction with local art. Since we opened, many artists from the island have passed through Paradiso to introduce themselves and show their work “, says Anna Dimitrova. She continued: “ Me, my Ibicencan gallery and the Paradiso Ibiza were like a UFO, landing in the middle of Cala de Bou. It was something that had never been seen before in this area. I am convinced that the light of the project will also attract the rest of the zone.” It is safe to say that it is already shining brightly.

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