IBIZA INSPIRES

by Carlos Risco, Illustration Ernesto Kofla July 2015 MUSIC Read in PDF format N6/2015
IBIZA INSPIRES For decades, Ibiza’s heady mix of beauty, magnetic energy and wild nightlife has provided creative inspiration for artists and cultural icons from around the world

The blue Mediterranean, the traditional whitewashed houses, the clarity of the light...the beautiful island of Ibiza has long been the retreat of filmmakers, actors, artists and musicians. Each one of them fell in love with a different aspect of the magical shores of this wonderful island.

Roman Polanski. SUMMERS OF EXCESS AND DISGRACE. In the mid 1980s, the film director bought a plot of land in Ibiza to build the house where he would write the script of The Ninth Door. Polanski was one of the regulars of the Ibiza nightlife scene, alongside Ana Obregón, Carlos Martorell, Grace Jones and Nikki Lauda. People would say that the Polish director attracted tragedy: as soon as he landed in Ibiza, one of his workers stabbed another worker to death. Later, his closest friend on the island, José Antonio Santamaria, the ex-Real Sociedad footballer and co-owner of the nightclub Ku (today Privilege), was killed by ETA. After that, Polanski sold his house in Ibiza and never returned to the island.

Jade Jagger. LIGHT AS A JEWEL. The fashion and jewellery designer has a well-documented affiliation with the island. Brought up in Manhattan, where she regularly spent time at Andy Warhol’s Factory as a child, Jagger found creative inspiration in Ibiza, basing herself in a historic whitewashed finca with Islamic-style gardens in the north of the island. The Ibicenco light and landscape have provided creative fuel for many of Jagger’s designs, and her recent kaftan collection for the Sensatori Resort Ibiza features striking patterns and bold colours reflecting the beauty of the island.

Elmyr de Hory. THE ULTIMATE FORGER. This notorious Hungarian painter and forger sold over 1,000 counterfeits of paintings and artworks by some of history’s most famous artists. His counterfeits became famous when Clifford Irving wrote his biography, Fake!, and de Hory later featured with Irving in Orson Welles’s documentary F for Fake. De Hory moved to Ibiza in 1962, arriving at the wheel of a red Corvette Stingray, sporting a Cartier watch and introducing himself as “an art collector”. He sought refuge on the island and became friends with many important personalities, later dying here in 1976.

John Hurt. SECRET SERENITY. The 75-year-old British actor is renowned for his roles in classic films such as Midnight Express (1978) – for which he received an Oscar nomination for best actor in a supporting role – Elephant Man, the Harry Potter saga, and The Oxford Murders, by the Spanish director Alex de la Iglesia. Hurt bought a second home in Ibiza a few years ago, discreetly enjoying the tranquil side of the island with his wife Anwen Rees Meyers.

Pink Floyd. PSYCHEDELIA IN THE MEDITERRANEAN. The psychedelic rock band wrote and performed the score for the film More, filmed in Ibiza, which recounts the adventures of a young German who discovers the dark side of drugs. Directed by Barbet Schroeder, the film became an underground cult classic. The cover of the record features the old Sa Mola windmill (Molí Vell de la Mola) in Formentera, which has since become a place of pilgrimage for fans of the film.

Kate Moss. IMAGES OF AN ICON. The famously wild supermodel has been a regular on the Ibiza scene for many years. Moss has starred in a number of publicity campaigns and fashion editorials shot on the island, and was recently shot here by celebrated photographers Mert & Marcus for the Matchless SS15 campaign. Ibiza has also been the setting for many of Moss’s widely documented holidays, including her recent trip on board a yacht alongside fellow British model Naomi Campbell, enjoying parties fuelled by laughter and champagne.

Mert & Marcus. IBIZA IN FOCUS. French photography pair Mert Alas and Marcus Piggott are currently one of the fashion industry’s most creative and influential duos, lauded for their provocative and sensual images. Modern icons including Madonna, Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Gisele Bündchen and Björk have all posed in front of their lens, while their impressive client roster includes Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Fendi, Miu Miu and many more. The duo have been widely inspired by Ibiza and own a photography studio, the Palacio de Salomon, on the island, with views of the legendary Es Vedrà.

King Crimson. LIGHT TRAVELS. The band’s singer and songwriter Peter Sinfield moved to Ibiza in the 1970s. Back then, the rockers considered Ibiza and Formentera a paradise of sunshine and telluric energy, and it was the inspirational setting of songs like Formentera Lady.

Lluis Güell. THE CREATOR OF SPACES. The iconic Catalan architect, who proclaimed himself “the creator of spaces”, prospered in Ibiza with his designs for some of its most iconic venues. In the 1970s, the Aguirre family commissioned him to design Es Paradis, which opened in 1975 and became renowned as one of the island’s most beautiful clubs. He later also designed Café del Mar. Güell’s signature architectural style, full of eroticism and sensuality, was a perfect fit for the club culture of the era, and in 1977 he participated in the design of the legendary Studio 54 when it opened in New York.

Ray Loriga. THE DARK SIDE OF THE PARTY. The Madridborn writer portrays the island and its infamous excesses in his latest novel Za Za, Emperor of Ibiza (Alfaguara). Loriga explores the shadowy underbelly of the island’s luxurious hedonism, looking at the wild side of a party that claims its victims.

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