Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac is delighted to announce the opening of its new exhibition space in Pantin, located in the northeast of Paris, in October 2012. Formerly a 19th century ironware factory, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin will allow for the display of large-scale works alongside a programme of related events.
“We created this new space which will give the artists the opportunity to realize their vision without the usual restrictions of space.” (Thaddaeus Ropac)
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin will embrace a total surface of 4,700 m2 (50,000 sq ft) and will offer an exhibition surface of 2,000 m2 (22,000 sq ft). The gallery is divided into four luminous halls of 7 to 12 meter high ceilings (22 ft to 40 ft). Convertible walls will be freely adapted according to an exhibition or to specific artists’ requirements, and will allow the display of several exhibitions at the same time. The project also includes a multimedia space for performance, dance, lectures, conferences, screenings and other activities that complement exhibitions and attract a wider audience.
Since its opening in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has constantly expanded its exhibition spaces in Paris and Salzburg, and Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin is its most ambitious project to date.
Located at the gates of Paris, the city of Pantin offers more than large buildings with generous exhibition spaces. Pantin and its surroundings provide connections and possible interactions with a cultural environment. In the near future, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin and especially its multimedia space will permit collaborations with the nearby Parc de la Villette, the largest cultural park in Paris, as well as with the Cité de la Musique and the Centre National de la Danse, which open new perspectives for the gallery.
“The extension of the Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, to be built by Frank Gehry and Jean Nouvel’s new Philharmonie de Paris in the Parc de la Villette, will increase the importance of Paris’ contemporary art scene. After London and Berlin as buzzling centres of the art world, Paris attracts more and more international artists and presents a promising new generation of French artists. In this context, our new space will hopefully become part of this new dynamic.” (Thaddaeus Ropac)