THADDAEUS ROPAC OPENS MONUMENTAL SPACEMay 8, 2012
Austrian art dealer Thaddaeus Ropac, known for bringing U.S. and other international artists to his galleries in Salzburg and Paris, is opening a huge new arts complex this fall in northeast Paris near the Parc de la Villette. At a reception at the Maison Française on East 60th Street in Manhattan, Ropac said that the new facility would enable the presentation of large scale projects as well as performances. “We want to allow artists to follow their dream,” he said.
While industrial-scaled art spaces have become the norm in New York and to a lesser extent in London, they are rare in Paris. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin, as it is to be called, is housed in a compound of eight buildings, originally constructed in 1900 as an ironware factory, totaling about 55,000 square feet and with ceilings as high as 12 meters. Four of the structures are earmarked for exhibitions; the facility is also to have a private viewing gallery, studios, a library, archives and storage. The architects for the renovation, which carries a €10 million price tag, are Buttazoni & Associates.
The first two exhibitions at the new space, opening Oct. 14, 2012, feature a new series of paintings, sculptures and collages by Anselm Kiefer on the theme of “The Unborn,” and a re-presentation of Joseph Beuys’ Iphigenia, his famous performance (including a horse) done in Frankfurt in 1969. The Beuys show, mounted in collaboration with the artist’s widow, Eva Beuys, includes the film of the performance as well as an extensive array of objects from it.
Scheduled for February 2013 is “Condition of Painting,” a survey of new painting organized by Norman Rosenthal, curator of “Sensation” (1997) and “A New Spirit in Painting” (1981) at the Royal Academy in London, where he was exhibitions secretary for 31 years.