International art giant Gagosian has just opened a brand new gallery space in the leafy surrounds of Grosvenor Hill, Mayfair. This may be the second Gagosian gallery in this area, but it couldn’t be more different from the existing space on Davies Street.
Tucked neatly behind Berkeley Square, the sleek façade of the Grosvenor Hill gallery is warm, welcoming and exudes light. It is solid but not imposing, distinct but not disorientating. Sitting smartly on the corner of Grosvenor Hill, the newly built space has made a charming replacement for the Brutalist 1960s office blocks and residential tower that occupied the space previously.
Designed by the internationally renowned architects Caruso St John, the same architects responsible for Nottingham Contemporary as well as six other Gagosian sites, it makes for a very attractive addition to the gallery’s roster. And it is a very impressive roster indeed, with the Grosvenor Hill gallery being the third in London alone and the fifteenth in the global Gagosian empire.
Inside, the gallery follows the conventional ‘white cube’ design favoured by most contemporary art galleries, but that is by no means a criticism — there is nothing monotonous about the Grosvenor Hill gallery. In fact, inside, the space is huge and uplifting and filled with some very cleverly engineered light. What feels like natural light pouring in from the ceiling is, in fact, state-of-the-art LED technology, which can mimic outdoor light conditions down to a cloud.
The space comprises two large galleries with two smaller connecting areas and a bright and airy reception, all designed with the flexibility of the space to show a variety of different works in mind. The elegant dark oak floor that runs throughout and increases the perception of depth within the space brings it all together.
Having exhibited a number of highly acclaimed artists including Yayoi Kusama, Henry Moore and Cindy Sherman, Gagosian inaugurated their new space with an exhibition of paintings and drawings by American artist Cy Twombly, which coincides with a show of Twombly photographs just across the way in their Davies Street gallery. The current show is open until December 12, 2015 and has set a high standard for future exhibitions in this impressive new space — it is certainly one to watch!
Gagosian Gallery, 20 Grosvenor Hill, London, UK, +44 20 7495 1500