The new space, at 4 Passage Sainte-Avoye, will be remodelled by architect Luis Laplace of Laplace Studio to make the most of the impressive sloping skylights whilst respecting the existing innovative design by Jean Nouvel.
In addition to being conveniently situated in walking distance from the Centre Pompidou and other major international galleries, the location bears a particular significance for gallery co-founder Dominique Lévy. Claude Berri, a longtime mentor to Lévy whose sensibility and unique connoisseurship she cites as important influences in her personal and professional life, commissioned the modernisation of the building in 2008 to publicly present works from his collection until he passed away in 2009.
“We are excited to be opening a space in Paris, in the Marais, in a site so deeply connected to the visual culture of this extraordinary city. The Paris gallery will complement our locations in New York, London, and Hong Kong, as we confirm our commitment to an international program that connects collectors, museums, and the public with the work of foremost artists whose work, ideas, and ideals transcend the limits of geography. We recognize that, in a moment when it is difficult for collectors to travel internationally to view art, it is even more critical for us to bring the art we love to our different locations – which will soon include Paris, a city that is so central to the gallery’s artistic heart, program, and network of relationships,” Lévy commented.
Amongst the top artists on offer at the gallery are Pierre Soulages, Kazuo Shiraga, François Morellet, Carol Rama, Adrian Piper, Terry Adkins and Karin Schneider.