Thaddaeus Ropac has picked Seoul for its inaugural entry into Asia, with a first exhibition slated for its October opening later this year.
Founded in 1983 and specialising in contemporary art, with galleries in London, Paris and Salzburg, this first Asian outpost will be located in Seoul's up-and-coming Hannam-dong district, occupying 750sqm on the Fort Hill building — another iconic landmark in the city.
“It’s with tremendous excitement that we are establishing the gallery in Seoul and a privilege to participate in and contribute to a city that has such strong and long-established foundations for artistic interchange," said Austrian gallerist, Ropac, who pointed to the brand's work with major Korean institutions on numerous projects over the years.
"Having worked with [local] artist Lee Bul since 2007 and staged a memorable show of Lee Ufan’s work in Paris in 2009, as well as collaborating with the National Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art Korea for a Georg Baselitz exhibition in 2007, we look forward to deepening these relationships."
In particular, Lee Bul, who presented her first exhibition with the gallery in the Salzburg Villa Kast space, has been holding solo shows in each of Thaddaeus Ropac’s locations since.
Said Kyu Jin Hwang, director Asia: "There is such energy and enthusiastic engagement with contemporary art in the city of Seoul, to which we will be contributing a varied exhibition and events programme to meet this. Our team here is growing and we are delighted to play a role in the already flourishing art scene, both the local and regional discourse, building on our existing collaborations with artists, collectors, museums and institutions.”
The gallery is designed by renowned interior designer Teo Yang Studio, who will be installing glass-panelled windows in a layout that pays homage to the building's original structures. Guests can also seek out the other museums and cultural institutions nearby, including the National Museum of Korea, Leeum Samsung Museum of Art and Amorepacific Museum of Art.