Emmanuel Perrotin

Gallerists with branches in Paris, New York, Tokyo, Seoul, Hong Kong and now Shanghai

Perrotin’s new gallery in Shanghai, which opened in May with Belgian artist Wim Delvoye, is the latest addition to an empire already encompassing Paris, New York, Tokyo, Seoul and Hong Kong. The rapid recent expansion (the openings in Korea and Japan, as well as the move into a vast new space in New York’s Lower East Side, all took place in the past three years) offers up further evidence that the taste for the spectacular that led the French gallerist to sign Takashi Murakami, Kaws and Maurizio Cattelan has translated well, or at least profitably, into the Instagram age. The past year saw exhibitions by Murakami in New York, Xu Zhen in Seoul, Daniel Arsham in Tokyo and Kaws in Hong Kong; for Sophie Calle’s show in Paris, meanwhile, Laurie Anderson, Bono and Pharrell Williams contributed songs to a memorial album to the artist’s dead cat, Souris.