Thaddaeus Ropac

Austrian gallerist with spaces in Paris, Salzburg and London

In May, Ropac’s London gallery hosted United Artists for Europe, an exhibition of thirty works sold to raise money to support European cultural projects. If that event was a rejoinder to the populism spreading on the continent, then the gallerist’s main programme this year was Pop in a more positive sense, with exhibitions for James Rosenquist in London and Robert Rauschenberg and Roy Lichtenstein in Salzburg (Ropac also has two galleries in Paris which, among shows by twentieth-century greats such as John Cage and Donald Judd, exhibited the more contemporary Imran Qureshi and Oliver Beer). Pop art is, of course, recycled imagery from the mass media, and recycling is something Ropac has been thinking about a lot: in October, the gallerist bought a warehouse in Paris to store empty art crates so he might reuse them and, to further burnish his green credentials, promised to cut down on air shipping.