Such pieces clearly inspired naughty behavior. Gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac and artists Sophie Calle and Jean-Marc Bustamante mingled politely enough. But on the dance floor, an altogether rowdier crowd held sway, smashing their drinks to the ground, throwing petit fours through the air and wielding fake guns and giant sex toys.
Christine Macel, the exhibit’s curator, seemed to enjoy the scene, though Princess Maria von Thurn und Taxis eyed the wild masses with a worried air. She certainly didn’t want to risk ruining her dress. “I designed it myself while on a recent trip to India,” she explained.