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Born in 1960. Klagenfurt, Austria.
Lives between Paris, London, Salzburg and New York.
In 1983, Thaddaeus Ropac founded his first gallery in Salzburg specialising in European and North American contemporary art.
The first exhibitions launched by Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac were projects by the German artist Joseph Beuys and the American artist Andy Warhol, but also with younger, then-emerging artists like Jean-Michel Basquiat, Francesco Clemente and Keith Haring.
From its origin in Salzburg, the gallery now holds five distinctive venues, two of which are located in the Paris region. Since 1983 Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac has established itself in Salzburg located in the Villa Kast, a 19th century townhouse in the picturesque setting of the Mirabell Garden and the historical centre. In March 2010, the gallery opened Salzburg Halle, an additional exhibition space spreading over 2,500 m² within an industrial building close to the city centre of Salzburg.
In 1990, Thaddaeus Ropac opened his primary Paris space in the Marais. Today, the gallery space spans four floors with a 1000m2 exhibition surface that also includes an extensive Drawings Department.
October 2012 saw the completion of the ambitious redevelopment of an early 20th century ironworks factory into an art space in Paris Pantin. Its location in the North East of Paris in the neighbourhood of the new Philharmonie de Paris has allowed for new perspectives for the gallery, fostering interactions and collaborations with the cultural community, and allowing for the unprecedented display of large-scale works. Spread over an area of 5000m2 and several buildings, 2500m2 serve as exhibition spaces.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac London opened to the public at the end of April 2017. Located at 37 Dover Street in Mayfair, the historical mansion, Ely House, is spread over five floors and over 1,500 m² (16,000 ft²), benefiting from four distinct gallery spaces. Major shows in its recent exhibition history include Georg Baselitz, Joseph Beuys and Robert Rauschenberg among others.
The gallery currently represents over 60 artists and a number of renowned artists’ estates and shows at all major international art fairs. Active in both the primary and secondary markets, the gallery’s role extends to curatorial work, where it acts as a consultant to public institutions as well as an advisor to private and corporate collections. The gallery runs its own publishing house, producing catalogues and books to accompany exhibitions, inviting prominent international art historians, curators and writers to contribute.