Galleria Continua is pleased to announce the opening of a new exhibition space in France. Fifteen years after its establishment on the site of Les Moulins (Seine-et-Marne) in the Paris region, the gallery is inaugurating a new location in the heart of the capital, in the Marais district.
"The title of the event that will inaugurate this new project expresses the imperative that imposed itself on the three gallerists, this call at once contingent and essential to which they responded: "to do something".
The artist JR will curate the first exhibition of the place. This event-exhibition will appropriate in an original way this site, which until recently hosted a leather goods wholesaler. The works selected by JR will creep in through all the crevices, taking over the hundreds of shelves installed on the partitions. The idea is not to modify the original structure of the place but rather to reveal its history before it undergoes another extraordinary metamorphosis: "a place where art is sold, halfway between the cathedral and the supermarket, is a place where one glimpses the infinite and where one acquires consumer goods. I am used to working with art galleries, but also to being on the street and talking to passers-by. For this new space, I wanted to combine these two worlds, to create a place inhabited by art where one comes to walk, where one returns a few weeks later to discover a new universe, where one meets the works of artists of various generations, from the five continents: Ai Weiwei, Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Michelangelo Pistoletto or Pascale Marthine Tayou, to name but a few. I would like it to be a space for discussion, meeting, surprise, where you buy a book and discover that it has been signed by the author after opening it, where you can drink a good Italian coffee in a moving environment, where you can immerse yourself in the works in presence" (JR).
At the end of May 2021, the space was stripped bare with the collaboration of MBL Architects. Stripped of storage structures and false ceilings, the place reveals its skeleton, with all its scars and traces of its recent past. The space will then be ready to welcome a second chapter of "Truc à faire".
Careful to respect the patina of time and the particularity of the place, the subsequent renovation interventions will be conducted in harmony with the gallery's activity, thus tracing a continuum between art and life.
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GALLERIA CONTINUA opened its doors in San Gimignano in 1990, on the initiative of three friends: Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo, established in an old cinema located in the historical and timeless town of San Gimignano rich in history and timelessness, which allowed him to develop new forms of dialogue and symbiosis between unexpected geographies. Galleria Continua was the first foreign gallery with an international program to open in China in 2004 and three years later, in 2007, it inaugurated a new site for large-scale creations - Les Moulins - in the Paris countryside. In 2015, she embarked on new journeys, opening a space in Havana, dedicated to cultural projects that aim to transcend all borders. In January 2020, it celebrated its 30th anniversary with the opening of a new exhibition space in Rome; its program also includes didactic activities and artistic residencies. Galleria Continua opened its seventh gallery in January 2021, a new 800 square meter exhibition space in the heart of Paris in the Marais.
specific site for large-scale creations - Les Moulins - in the Paris countryside. In 2015, it embarked on a new journey, opening a space in Havana, in Cuba, dedicated to cultural projects aimed at exceeding all boundaries. In January 2020, it celebrated its thirty years of activity by opening a new exhibition space in Rome whose program also includes educational activities and artistic residencies.
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