Austrian gallerist with spaces in Paris, Salzburg and London
Since opening his first space 37 years ago in a Tyrolean town at the age of twenty-three, Ropac has built a five-gallery mini-empire triangulated across Salzburg, Paris and London. The top artists of his 60-strong roster are the bluest of blue-chip (witness recent showings for Alex Katz, Anselm Kiefer, Adrian Ghenie, Elizabeth Peyton and Antony Gormley), though Ropac is careful to balance that with relatively woke, externally curated programming, particularly in his London space – this year, a three-artist show of women minimalists and postminimalists, and a solo for Venezuelan painter Alvaro Barrington – and ‘museum-quality’ miniretrospectives like one for Joseph Beuys. That said, an air of the money-minting machine, more than auteur-ish innovation, hangs around Ropac. When he noted, earlier this year, that he’d hosted Theresa May at his Salzburg gallery and looked forward to fewer restrictions on art trading in London after Brexit, it didn’t seem wholly out of character.