European gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac opens his London gallery later this week, and the art world can hardly wait

The London art scene is abuzz with the prospect of one of the most keenly awaited openings in many years – as European gallerist Thaddaeus Ropac launches his new gallery in the splendid setting of Ely House, on Dover Street in the heart of Mayfair (formerly the home of Malletts, the antiques specialists).

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Ropac, who has two gallery spaces in Salzburg and two more in Paris, launches in London with four shows in this vast 18th century townhouse: early pictures and video sculptures by Gilbert & George (see below); American Minimal Art from the celebrated Marzona Collection, including pieces by Sol LeWitt and Donald Judd; a first London show for British artist Oliver Beer; and works from the Fifties and Sixties by Joseph Beuys.

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It was Beuys who gave Ropac his first big break – an introduction, written on a napkin, to Andy Warhol. You can read more about that and Ropac’s extraordinary career in the latest issue of Robb Report UK, out on 27th April. Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Ely House, 37 Dover Street, London W1, from April 28thropac.net

James Collard

Photography by Roger Rich