The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Monday, July 28, 2014


18 Million Euro House by Enigma's Michael Cretu Torn Down by Bulldozers
Cretu took nine years to build the house, with an architectonic style halfway between a monastery and a castle. Photo: Vicen Mari /El Pais.
IBIZA, SPAIN.- Tractor trailers worked without a license during six months in 1996 to shave the top of a hill in the zone of Corona in Sant Antoni de Ibiza. French musician, Michael Cretu (Bucharest, 1957), the soul of music group Enigma, obtained a construction permit one year after initiating the construction of a dream home that measures 3,150 square meters. Fourteen years and a pile of lawsuits after, other tractors are tearing down the house since a judge ordered this action. Cretu has valued his house at over 18 million Euros.

"They had been warned it was illegal. This is a victory that we wished we had not celebrated but it is historic because it was a brutality”, said Neus Prats of the Studies of Nature Group (GEN-GOB), who headed the legal action against the house until it reached the Supreme Court. Cretu took nine years to build the house, with an architectonic style halfway between a monastery and a castle, reason for which he shaved off three meters from the hill. To absorb the visual impact, he surrounded the house with palms and other trees.

"Cretu’s house could have been used as a public space”, said the Populist Party (extreme right Spanish political party) mayor, Joan Pantaleoni, who denies that the musician will be paid the 18 million euros saying that he was only allowed to build on 700 square meters.

Cretu was born to a Romanian father and a mother of Austrian ancestry. His uncle, Ion Voicu, a famous Romanian violinist and the director of the Bucharest Philharmonic told Michael's parents that he has talent in music and as such, he studied classical music at Liceul Nr. 2 in Bucharest in 1965 and in Paris, France in 1968. He later attended the Academy of Music in Frankfurt, Germany from 1975 to 1978, attaining a degree in music. Cretu was taken on as a keyboard player and producer for Frank Farian, the German mastermind behind successful acts of the 1970s and 1980s such as Boney M and Milli Vanilli.

In the 1980s, Cretu took over production for the pop quartet Hubert Kah and started writing songs with the band leader Hubert Kemmler, achieving a number of hits. Among his other work, Cretu was also one of the producers of Mike Oldfield's 1987 album Islands, specifically on its sixth track, "The Time has Come" and the producer of Peter Schilling's 1989 album The Different Story (World of Lust and Crime), specifically on its first track, "The Different Story (World of Lust and Crime)."

Cretu met his future wife, Sandra Lauer (later Sandra Cretu), when he was playing keyboards on the band Arabesque’s live touring show. In collaboration with several Hubert Kah band members, he co-wrote and produced several successful albums and singles for her, beginning with the song "Maria Magdalena" which topped the charts in 21 countries. The band was simply called Sandra, although Sandra's full name is now often used for filing and identification purposes. Cretu married her on 7 January 1988. They have twins named Nikita and Sebastian, who were born in 1995. Michael and Sandra divorced in November 2007, citing "personal and professional differences".

Another band of Cretu's was called Moti Special ("Cold Days, Hot Nights"), which Cretu produced and performed with in the mid-1980s.

He owned the first A.R.T. Studios in Ibiza before moving to a new mansion in the Ibiza hills. His new house, on the western coast of Ibiza, is a Moroccan-style mansion and was designed and built over nine years by Bernd Steber and Gunter Wagner. It also features a brand new, state-of-the-art recording studio, which saved the original name, from which he hopes to release more albums in the future.

His house was deemed ilegally built and in infringement of Spanish environmental regulations. It began to be demolished by Spanish authorities in May 2009




Today's News

May 9, 2009

Leger's Le cinq de trefle Achieves $1.1 Million at Christie's NY Impressionist and Modern Art

Avant-gardes '20 / '60: Highlights from the Stedelijk Museum Collection on Show

Seoul Auction to Offer Exceptional Western and Asian Contemporary Art in May Sale in Hong Kong

The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art Presentss George Segal: Street Scenes

Serralves Museum Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary With Major Exhibition and 40 Hours Party

High to Present Exhibition on Work and Design Process of Atlanta Architect John Portman

Dennis Hopper On View at the Harwood Museum of Art

City/Country: Photographs from the Henry V. Heuser, Jr. Collection To Open At Speed Art Museum

With You I Want To Live: The Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale

18 Million Euro House by Enigma's Michael Cretu Torn Down by Bulldozers

John Busby Named Woodson Art Museum 2009 Master Wildlife Artist

The Craftsman and the Critic: Defining Usefulness and Beauty in Arts and Crafts-Era Boston

Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Presents "The Tsars and the East: Gifts from Turkey and Iran in The Moscow Kremlin"

Knoxville Museum of Art Presents Fourth Annual "Artists on Location" Paint Out and Sale June 5 - 7

London Design Festival Announces Plans for 2009

Raiford Guins: Use with Joystick Controller: The Stuff of Videogame History, A Lecture and Multi-Media Installation

The Aarhus Art Building: Open Call for Proposals

Zeit-Bikes and Beats at Tacoma Art Museum

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Archaeologists discover Roman 'free choice' cemetery in the 2,700-year-old ancient port of Rome

2.- Romanians must pay 18 million euros over Kunsthal Museum Rotterdam art heist

3.- Hello Kitty designer Yuko Yamaguchi defends cute character as cat turns 40 years old

4.- eBay and Sotheby's partner to bring world class art and collectibles to a global community

5.- Exhibition on Screen returns with new series of films bringing great art to big screens across the globe

6.- Marina Abramović reaches half way point of her '512 Hours' performance at the Serpentine Gallery

7.- The Phillips Collection in Washington introduces a uCurate app for curating on-the-go

8.- United States comic icon Archie Andrews dies saving openly gay character

9.- New feathered predatory fossil, unearthed in China, sheds light on dinosaur flight

10.- Exhibition at Thyssen Bornemisza Museum presents an analysis of the concept of the 'unfinished'

Related Stories



Important Judaica and Israeli & international art bring a combined $7.9 million at Sotheby's New York

Tunisia to auction ousted despot's treasures

Andy Warhol's Mao portraits excluded from the Beijing and Shanghai shows next year

China criticises French Qing dynasty seal auction

Christie's announces auction marking the first half century of the popular and luxurious interiors shop Guinevere

Nine new exhibits debut at San Diego International Airport

Rembrandt masterpiece "Portrait of Catrina Hooghsaet" back on display at National Museum Cardiff

Amber: 40-million-year-old fossilised tree resin is Baltic gold

Egyptian artist Iman Issa wins the Ist FHN Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona Award

The main chapel of the Basilica of Santa Croce open for visits after five year restoration



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Rmz. - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site