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Since opening in 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has specialized in international, contemporary art representing around 60 artists and a number of renowned estates. With a team of 90 employees and approximately 40 extensive solo and group exhibitions held per year in the Salzburg, Paris Marais, Pantin and London spaces, the gallery supports and showcases the careers of some of the most influential artists today.
The gallery represents its artists at all major art fairs worldwide. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, the gallery’s role extends to curatorial work, where it acts as consultant to major museums and public institutions as well as advisor to private and corporate collections.
The gallery runs its own publishing house, producing catalogues and books to accompany exhibitions, inviting prominent international art historians, curators and writers such as Sir Norman Rosenthal and Orhan Pamuk to contribute.
From its origins in Salzburg, the gallery now holds five distinctive venues. Since 1983, Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has been established in Salzburg at the Villa Kast, a 19th century townhouse in the Mirabell Garden and the historical centre. In March 2010, the gallery opened Salzburg Halle, an additional exhibition space spreading over 2,500 m² (27,000 ft2) within an industrial building close to the city centre.
In 1990, Thaddaeus Ropac opened his primary Paris space in the Marais. Today, the gallery space spans four floors and includes an extensive Drawings Department.
In October 2012, an ambitious project was completed in Paris Pantin. The redevelopment of an early, 20th century ironworks factory into an art space covers an area of 5,000 m² (54,000 ft2) and several buildings, which allows for an unprecedented display of large-scale works. Its location in the North East of Paris, in the neighborhood of the Philharmonie, has opened new opportunities for the gallery, now fostering interactions and collaborations with the cultural community. This venue also hosts satellite events including talks, screenings, concerts and performances.
In Spring 2017, a new gallery opened in London, Mayfair, at Ely House. The listed mansion, built in 1772 by Sir Robert Taylor, was renovated by architect Annabelle Selldorf. The gallery spreads across five floors and over 1,500 m2 (16,000 ft2), benefiting from four distinct gallery spaces.