Pace the New York based international gallery is set to open a 9,000 square foot space in London’s Mayfair. Located at 6 Burlington Gardens, directly north of the Royal Academy’s Burlington House, Pace’s gallery will occupy the west wing of the building, which is owned by the R A. Plans are to have it redesigned by the architect and Royal Academician Sir David Chipperfield. The gallery was the former Museum of Mankind and recently the home of the Christie’s owned Haunch Of Venison gallery.
“We are delighted to take residence in 6 Burlington Gardens, in the heart of Mayfair and at the crossroads of the international art world,” said Pace President Marc Glimcher. “Pace’s expanded presence means we can reach the global audience that converges in London—from curators to collectors—but, most importantly, it enables us to better support our artists based in Europe and to present the work of important American artists in London, in some cases for the first time in decades.”
“The Mayfair gallery further establishes Pace’s presence in London, which already includes a location at 6-10 Lexington Street in Soho. Led by Mollie Dent-Brocklehurst, Pace London will extend Pace’s five-decade tradition of presenting both innovative and scholarly exhibitions. Prior to joining Pace, Ms. Dent-Brocklehurst served as chief international coordinator and curator of exhibitions at the Garage Center for Contemporary Culture, Moscow, where she presented exhibitions and projects by Marina Abramovic, Ilya and Emilia Kabakov, Mark Rothko, and James Turrell, as well as a presentation of the collection of François Pinault. For more than a decade, she was a director at Gagosian Gallery, where she was responsible for the opening of the gallery’s first London space, oversaw a second relocation and managed the gallery’s London exhibition program.
Pace will inaugurate 6 Burlington Gardens in October with Rothko/Sugimoto: Dark Paintings and Seascapes, an exhibition juxtaposing Mark Rothko’s late black and grey paintings with Hiroshi Sugimoto’s contemporary photographs of the horizon line where sea meets sky. The exhibition marks the first gallery presentation of Rothko’s work in London in nearly fifty years and continues Pace’s series of exhibitions that explore affinities between artists working across decades and mediums. Rothko/Sugimoto: Dark Paintings and Seascapeswill be on view from October 4 through November 16. The gallery will be open to the public Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
The London gallery extends Pace’s global network, which currently consists of four galleries in New York, including a new location beneath the High Line on Chelsea’s 25th Street that will be unveiled this fall, and a 25,000-square-foot gallery in Beijing that was established in 2008.
Six Burlington Gardens, built in 1870, was designed by Sir James Pennethorne as a headquarters for the University of London. In 2001, the Royal Academy purchased the building, where it has since presented temporary exhibitions. The Academy recently embarked on a project to renovate the east wing of the building to create an auditorium, café, and additional exhibition space for the museum.
Stirling Prize-winning architect Sir David Chipperfield has been retained by Pace to renovate its Mayfair gallery in conjunction with the Royal Academy’s larger master plan. David Chipperfield Architects’ recent museum projects include the Neues Museum, Berlin; Turner Contemporary, Margate, U.K.; and Hepworth Wakefield, North Yorkshire, U.K. He is the curator of the 2012 Venice Biennale of Architecture.
Pace is a leading contemporary art gallery representing many of the most significant international artists and estates of the 20th and 21st centuries. Founded by Arne Glimcher in Boston in 1960 and led by Marc Glimcher, Pace has been a constant, vital force in the art world and has introduced many renowned artists’ work to the public for the first time. Three years after its founding, Pace relocated to New York, cementing its place as a preeminent gallery showing and supporting new art and artists. Pace has published nearly 350 exhibition catalogues and mounted more than 700 exhibitions, including scholarly exhibitions that have subsequently travelled to museums. In addition to exhibiting and placing art works in important public and private collections, the gallery nurtures the careers of its artists, working closely with institutions to organize exhibitions, collaborations, publications, and special projects.
For the past two decades, Marc Glimcher has overseen Pace’s international growth. Under his leadership, the gallery has expanded its stable of contemporary artists and established four locations in New York, including a distinctive space designed by Bill Katz beneath Chelsea’s High Line, which will open in October. In 2008, Pace became the first major Western gallery to build a presence in mainland China with the opening of a 25,000-square-foot gallery in Beijing, timed with the Beijing Olympics. Pace’s Beijing gallery is committed to the promotion of contemporary art in China, presenting a dynamic exhibition program of established Asian artists and introducing new audiences to the work of Western artists.