Paris, Salzburg and soon-to-be London gallerist
In June the gallerist announced he had signed a lease on a five-storey eighteenth-century mansion in London, the refurbishment of which has been trusted to architect Annabelle Selldorf. That won’t be finished until 2017, however, so Ropac had to make do this year with his other four galleries (distributed evenly between Paris and Salzburg). Painters dominate the roster – shows for Imi Knoebel, Liza Lou, Robert Longo and Daniel Richter this year – but Ropac keeps it interesting with more offbeat presentations of his established artists. Architect Peter Marino was drafted in to curate a Robert Mapplethorpe show, a Miquel Barceló exhibition concentrated on the artist’s ceramics and a James Rosenquist show surveyed 50 years of the American artist’s collages. A single work tops the gallerist’s year, however: the centrepiece of the autumn Duchamp show in Paris, the extremely-rare-to-market Porte-Bouteille readymade from 1959, a work bought by Robert Rauschenberg and currently being sold by his estate.