When Paris art galeries invest the suburbs, is it to be closer to suburbans, is it to pay lower rents for wider space or is it to be closer to the jet plane Le Bourget ( 30 000 landings a year, largest private plane hub) so that you get straight from your jet to the gallery to spend your crazy dollars ???
How can I be criticising at such an early hour ?!
Let’s play truth here.
It is a brand new good idea as long as their program of exhibits is worth it.
And it is.
But, by such an incredible coincidence, Larry Gagosian in Le Bourget ( 1650 m2) AND Thaddaeus Ropac in Pantin ( 2000 m2)have both inaugurated their galeries with ANSELM KIEFER ! Lack of imagination, or incredible sensibility ?
Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery in PANTIN
Anselm Kiefer at Thaddaeus Ropac Gallery
Gagosian with a “déjà vu” KIEFER while Ropac has managed to hang huge paintings yet unseen on the market.
In "Morgenthau Plan," at Gagosian Gallery, the gallery is filled with a sculpture of a golden wheat field, enclosed within a five-meter high steel cage. Kiefer's wheat field refers to the plan proposed in 1944 by former United States Secretary of the Treasury Henry Morgenthau to transform Germany after World War II into a pre-industrial, agricultural state thereby limiting its ability to wage war.
Morgenthau sought to divide Germany into two independent states; annexing or dismantling all German centers of industry in a devastating arrangement that would have led to the death of millions of citizens by pestilence and starvation. Although the Morgenthau Plan was never realized, it represented a potential alternative German history.
Larry Gagosian Gallery by Jean Nouvel
800 Avenue de l'Europe
93350 Le Bourget (Paris)
T. 18.104.22.168.16.47 F. 22.214.171.124.87.10
Hours: Tue-Sat 11-7 & by appointment
THADDAEUS ROPAC GALLERIE PANTIN
69 avenue du Général Leclerc
Tuesday to Saturday from 10 am to 7pm