The latest exhibition from David Zwirner happened in Paris last October, at a brand new location, that easily succeeded in grabbing the attention of celebrities and art connoisseurs alike. Twenty-six years after opening his first gallery in New York–followed by two more (in London and Hong Kong), the Germany-based gallerist has built another pavilion in Paris, on Vieille-du-temple street, a strategic location in the heart
With a combined annual turnover of nearly $500 million, the fashion gallery business has been really good for David, who has worked hard on designing the latest premises very cleverly, ensuring a large central space and three other rooms, for a more intimate stroll. The decision to build here was an obvious one, and a long time dream of the gallery owner. “Paris is a beautiful city that has consolidated its contemporary perspective, thanks to the plethora of museums that raise artistic curiosity amongst viewers. I had been thinking about building a gallery here for a while. Brexit has certainly been an accelerator. From November, my gallery in London will be a British gallery, not a European one. I am a European and I want to remain so,” said David on 14th October, when he presented his recent space to the press.
The opening exhibition wasn’t a flashy affair, but instead focused on the paintings of the American artist Raymond Pettibon, who has not been exhibited in the French capital since 1995. Pieces from his collection were showcased in a heady constellation. Surrounding him is a collection curated from around sixty artists and prestigious estates. This focus on art is a good omen for the future, as Zwirner promises even more exciting and stimulating exhibitions in the coming time, including the announced arrival of White Cube and Hauser & Wirth.
At this particular event, Zwirner was accompanied by the local directors: Justine Durrett, who was the sales manager for David in NY, along with the previous owners, Victoire de Pourtalès and Hélène Nguyen-Ban from the VNH gallery.
David Zwirner Gallery: 128, Rue Vieille-Du-Temple, Paris 4e. Raymond Pettibon exhibition “Frenchette”.