The space race at the upper echelon of the market shows no sign of letting up. The latest move: David Zwirner will open a gallery in Paris in October. It’s Zwirner’s sixth gallery overall; the French capital will be the fourth city he’s entered. The news comes a month after Gagosian said it would add a location in Basel, Switzerland, and Hauser & Wirth one in Menorca, Spain.
Melanie Gerlis of the Financial Times had the scoop, and quotes Zwirner saying: “Brexit changes the game. After October, my London gallery will be a British gallery, not a European one.” (The British are scheduled to exit the European Union on October 31, whether or not they reach a comprehensive agreement on their departure with the EU.)
In Paris, Zwirner is taking over an 8,600-square-foot space in the Marias that the retired dealer Yvon Lambert called home for three decades, until 2015. Following Lambert’s departure, VNH Gallery moved in. VNH, which was co-founded by Hélène Nguyen-Ban and reps artists like Mircea Cantor, Candida Höfer, TJ Wilcox, and Sandra Vásquez de la Horra, is closing. VNH partner Victoire de Pourtalès will co-manage Zwirner’s space.
Zwirner currently has branches in London, Hong Kong, and New York, where he has real estate on West 19th Street, West 20th, and East 69th. A five-story flagship gallery designed by Renzo Piano is also under construction on West 21st.
The opening of the Paris space will coincide with the FIAC art fair in the city. First up in the space will be veteran Zwirner artist Raymond Pettibon.