“Brazilian Psychedelia Pioneer Gilberto Gil Buys East Village Condo for $1.3 M.
Brazilian Minister of Culture Gilberto Gil, the epically inventive engineer of Brazilian psychedelia, Tropicália, deserves to live in some volcano with poodle fur wallpaper, a milkshake bathtub, corn syrup carpets and his 60’s backup band Os Mutantes perpetually playing live.
But the 65-year-old musician and his fourth wife, mellifluously listed on the deed as Flora Nair Giordano Gil Moreira, bought a new 996-square-foot condo this month with white-painted maple floors and glass-and-lacquer kitchen cabinetry, plus an in-building health center.
The two-bedroom apartment, at the A Building on East 13th Street, cost $1.34 million, according to public records.
Mr. Gil, who has said he’ll step down this year as minister of culture because of a polyp on his vocal chords, will have an East Village rooftop pool, plus its sun deck and cabanas, for recuperation. And his apartment has terraces, a walk-through closet in the master bedroom suite and a 23-foot-long living and dining room with open kitchen. “I have made choices marked by minimalism and taken a certain care in not to bet on adventures,” he told the Associated Press last year.” (The New York Observer)