Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin Gallery
A New Space
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 20th 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.”
The architects Buttazzoni & Associés who already redesigned the existing Parisian gallery in the Marais have worked on the redevelopment of the new space in Pantin, where they have preserved the exterior historical character of the main building. The site has five separate buildings allocated for exhibitions, performances, private viewing, archives and offices.
Facts and Figures
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 2000 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). The different spaces and ceiling heights 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.
The programme of the new gallery in Pantin will focus on major exhibitions with monumental works by established iconic artists as well as those of younger artists. The exhibition programme will be conceived by the gallery’s in-house curators as well as by invited curators, maintaining the high standards of the gallery established during the past 30 years.
Following the two opening exhibitions of Anselm Kiefer and Joseph Beuys, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin will host a major group exhibition called “Disaster — from Andy Warhol to Banks Violette” which will open in March 2013.
Since its opening in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has constantly expanded its exhibition spaces in Paris and Salzburg, and the gallery in Pantin is its most ambitious project to date.
Located at the gates of Paris, the City of Pantin is already known for its intensive cultural environment (with the Centre National de la Danse, the festival of medium-length films, Designer’s Days, jazz festivals…). The city of Pantin and its surroundings provide connections and possible interactions with a rich cultural setting (nearby Parc de la Villette, the largest cultural park in Paris, as well as with the Cité de la Musique and the Grande Halle).
In the near future, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac Paris Pantin and especially its multimedia space would like to foster collaborations with this rich artistic panorama, opening new perspectives for the gallery.
“The extension of the Palais de Tokyo, the Fondation Louis Vuitton pour la Création, and the 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.”
Buttazzoni & Associés is an architectural practice represented by Laurent Buttazzoni and Fréderic Lavaud. Buttazzoni and Lavaud met during their studies at l’ESAG Penninghen.
After having worked for Andrée Putman during 10 years, they founded their own agency in 1995 that later developed into Buttazzoni & Associés in 2005. Precision and ease, a priori opposed to each other, are the essence of their reflection and their work.