Almine Rech

Western gallerist expanding to China

Rech, who already has galleries in Paris, Brussels, London and New York, set up in Shanghai in July. The new space opened with a group show including work by Günther Förg, John M. Armleder, Jean-Baptiste Bernadet and Sylvie Fleury, a ‘sister’ exhibition, Rech said, to another show of her artists at the Song Art Museum in Beijing. Her list is not (yet) well stocked with artists from the region, so Irish painter Genieve Figgis and James Turrell took the next slots in the programme. Back west, the fruits of a trip Miquel Barceló made through West Africa during the 1980s were shown in Brussels, Farah Atassi made her gallery debut in New York and Rech staged the first Jannis Kounellis show in the UK since the artist’s death, a tie-in to the retrospective Germano Celant curated at Fondazione Prada in Venice. The floating city also hosted a Förg exhibition in time for the Biennale, at which Rech’s stable was represented by Ryoji Ikeda and George Condo.