“Thaddaeus Ropac”

Thaddaeus Ropac: “I’m more curious to see what is happening far from us”

It’s no small event… Thaddaeus Ropac is opening a fifth gallery, this time in London. The gallerist here explains his enthusiasm for the British capital, considers the Brexit, and expands on his exhibition policy… A full agenda ahead. The new branch of the Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, in London – following the trail of Kamel Mennour who also settled in the city last October –, will be opening to the public on 28 April. The gallery will be located in an 18th century former residence at the heart of the historic Mayfair district. The ground-floor and first-floor spaces of the new venue will be inaugurated with an exhibition of historic photographs and video sculptures by Gilbert & George, a selection of American minimal-art works from the Marzona collection, as well as drawings from the 1950s and 1960s. A sculpture by Joseph Beuys will also be presented, along with a new performance and recent sculptures by Oliver Beer. Explanations follow. You’re opening a new gallery in London next spring. What is the main reason for this choice? Opening in London is in line with the way the gallery is moving forward. We represent many artists, and I think that we’re capable of running several galleries at the same time. It’s very exciting. We can put on more exhibitions and show more art. We’re trying to reach out to an even greater public with the exhibitions that we hold. This follows our gallery’s logic. I’m a staunch European, as I always say. So my principle has been to set up within the European context and of course, England was so much part of this. I didn’t want to go to the United States or China or anywhere else. There aren’t many cities in Europe that have quite as great an impact on the visibility of art...

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Social network Instagram projects FIAC onto the international scene

While the 43rd edition of the FIAC finished up on Sunday 23 October, the hashtags used on Instagram — #FIAC, #FIAC2016 — have ensured unprecedented visibility for galleries and their artists. International galleries use the social network to post photographs of the works that they exhibit and of their artists. This technology not only enables greater visibility but also helps boost sales. Gagosian is the most influential gallery in this respect, with no less than 542,000 Instagram subscribers. Alexia Guggémos — director of the Observatoire du Web Social dans l’Art Contemporain, a French observatory — notes that “market players have reached maturity in their use of social networks. Things have evolved in the right direction since last year.” Amongst the top ten most influential galleries, French galleries stand out, such as Emmanuel Perrotin and Thaddaeus Ropac, which saw its video of the installation of a Marcel Duchamp work go...

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Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles for sale at Thaddaeus Ropac

The Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, along with the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation, is selling Marcel Duchamp’s well-known Porte-bouteilles from 1959. The gallery will be making sure to place this piece in a museum collection. This emblematic work is being shown in the gallery’s Marais space along with a selection of works by the French artist and archive documents. The exhibition (October 20 to January 14) coincides with the 100th anniversary of the term “ready-made”, used by the artist in a letter to his sister Suzanne in 1916. An illustrated catalogue will also be published, with new texts by Cécile Debray, curator of the modern collections at the Musée National d’Art Moderne / Centre Pompidou in Paris, and Paul B. Franklin, head editor of the journal Étant donné Marcel Duchamp. Robert Rauschenberg met Duchamp in 1953 at the Stable Gallery in New York. In 1959, both artists took part in a collective exhibition called “Art and the Found Object” at the Time-Life Reception Centre in New York. Marcel Duchamp’s Porte-bouteilles, originally purchased at the Grand Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville in Paris by Man Ray after he had lost his 1930s version, was sent to the United States, and bought by Rauschenberg at that...

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Thaddaeus Ropac to open in London

The London Evening Standard reports that Thaddaeus Ropac is interested in acquiring a new London space. Located on Dover Street in the Mayfair district, the space is currently owned by Mallett, an antiques specialist. Following Paris and Salzburg, London may well be the third city to host one of the gallery’s spaces. For now, this news has not been confirmed, nor denied by the gallery that nonetheless admits that it is studying the...

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An American in Paris at Thaddaeus Ropac

Paris, 27 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). Thaddaeus Ropac in Paris is presenting the exhibition “American Handmade Paintings” from 29 March to 3 May 2014, showcasing the work of Tom Sachs. The artist’s seventh solo show in the gallery’s Marais space is to display a selection of recent works by Sachs, created using processes of pyrography, wood-burning and marquetry. The exhibition’s title underlines two fundamental practices in Sachs’ work: the first referring to the close attention paid to handling and craftsmanship; the second emphasising the presence of American iconography and the paradoxes of the American identity. Tom Sachs was born in 1966, and is best known for his recreations of modern icons. His work features in several prestigious collections, including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum and SFMoMA, and was presented at the Biennale de Lyon in...

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