Austrian gallerist with spaces in Paris, Salzburg and now London
In June last year Ropac heard that Ely House, an eighteenth-century mansion in Central London, was on the market. He immediately got on a plane, making it to the Mayfair property at 6.55pm, five minutes before viewings finished. By 7pm the gallerist’s plans to add a London outpost to his two spaces in Salzburg and two more in Paris were settled. The London gallery opened in April with four shows spread across two of its five floors: Gilbert & George, a solo show for young British artist Oliver Beer, a display of early drawings by Joseph Beuys and a showcase of Egidio Marzona’s collection of American Minimalism and European Arte Povera. Two months later, Ropac installed longtime director of the Serpentine Galleries Julia Peyton-Jones as global senior director. She joined in time to oversee exhibitions by Robert Longo and Ilya & Emilia Kabakov, the latter coinciding with a Tate survey.