Gagosian Is Closing Its Britannia Street Gallery in London and Will Launch a New Public Art Program Instead

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Gagosian is closing its Britannia Street outpost in north London, according to the . The mega-gallery will continue to operate its two remaining London locations on Grosvenor Hill and Davies Street.

“The landlord of the Britannia Street gallery is developing the site which has provided us with the opportunity to think about how to continue in the pioneering spirit that we are known for,” a spokesperson for the gallery said. “From 1980 to today, we have invested in securing notable and unusual locations that create opportunities in line with the vision and ambition of our artists.”

To this end, Gagosian has announced plans to extend beyond the gallery’s conventional four walls with its new program Gagosian Open. Launching in October 2023, the initiative will install artworks at public sites across London with the aim to “generate unique encounters—for audiences and artists alike.”

The 15,000-square-foot gallery space located near King’s Cross had ample space to present mammoth-sized contemporary masterpieces. It opened in 2004 with an exhibition dedicated to Cy Twombly. Over the past two decades it has showcased many of the gallery’s top names, most memorably Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, George Baselitz, Walter de Maria, and Rachel Whiteread.  

Over the past few years it staged a series of exhibitions by Damien Hirst, including last year’s “Natural History,” a retrospective of the artist’s infamous works in which dead animals are suspended in formaldehyde.

The final show, “Rites of Passage,” united works by 19 artists that addressed the theme of migration.

In late 2020, Gagosian closed its San Francisco location in order to focus its energies on Los Angeles.

 

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