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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac

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Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac


Sprawling size is a feature that Thaddaeus Ropac gallery most definitely stands out with. The newly opened exhibition venue outside the city center (69, avenue du Général Leclerc, Paris) is literally custom-made for large scale art projects and has already been dubbed "mega-space" by bloomberg.com. Sited in the territory of a former ironware factory, the gallery covers about 5000m², with 2000m² being offered to exhibition area. Mass media deems it to be a new phenomenon that will transform the entire map of Paris contemporary art scene (the same way as Gagosian Gallery at Le Bourget airport, opened almost simultaneously).

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The main characters of Ropac's opening exposition really cannot be blamed for any lack of scope or grandness. The smallest, multimedia building of the gallery showcases works related to Joseph Beuys's performance of 1969 Iphigenia/Titus Andronicus. Even a gorgeous live horse is there, echoing Beuys's appearance for the opening of the original performance. The dazzling white animal calmly munches on some hay and looks exactly the same as the one that carried Beuys, just this time there is a girl tending it.
Thaddaeus Ropac, in the context of the newly opened gallery, has repeatedly claimed that he is rather an art dealer, not a museum curator. He asks 2.5 million Euros per piece for several relicts that are crafted by Beuys himself for the original show, now displayed in glass cases. The horse is not for sale, however.
The gallery's main exposition space with up to 12m high ceiling is occupied by yet another German-born legend - Anselm Kiefer. His exhibition Unborn exudes magic not so common companion of contemporary art displays any more. His large scale paintings and sculptures engulf the entire space and cast their spell over its visitors, too. Undeniably, such an all-embracing impact can be achieved only in a place that is designed to be fit for art.

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Joseph Beuys's Iphigenie and Anselm Kiefer's Unborn are available until January 27, 2013.
To reach the gallery, take metro line 5 (until Eglise de Pantin) and then make a short 10 min walk to reach the destination.

69, avenue du Général Leclerc
http://ropac.net

 

11/2012

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