The Gagosian gallery empire is adding another outpost. What began as a pop-up venue for the gallery’s new group exhibition “Continuing Abstraction” during the Art Basel air will become a year-round space, its 17th location worldwide and second in Switzerland after a Geneva location that opened in 2010.
Andy Avini, the Gagosian senior director handling the expansion, told The Art Newspaper the space will undergo some “tweaks” after “Continuing Abstraction” closes on Sunday, with regular programming kicking off in September. He added:
Basel is interesting because it is new territory, but it is also very familiar territory. [. . .] We want to merge those two and see where we can expand.
The Basel location is mega-dealer Larry Gagosian’s first new public exhibition space since opening a gallery in San Francisco in 2016. The ground floor space in Basel’s Old Town at Rheinsprung 1, just a few steps from the five-star hotel Les Trois Rois, is a short 15-minute walk from the Messeplatz.