16/06/2020 - 31/07/2020
The gallery has taken careful measures to ensure the safety of all visitors and staff in accordance with governmental guidelines. It is with great pleasure that we now invite visitors to experience the displays first hand.
We are delighted to announce the reopening of our London gallery from Tuesday 16th June. The gallery will present a large selection of works from our 2020 presentation at Art Basel online, coinciding with the launch of this year’s edition. With the display ranging from new paintings and sculptures to early, historical works, visitors are invited to experience a significant number of the gallery’s highlights, in person, alongside additional pieces not featured in the online display.
Highlights include a new and never previously exhibited sculpture by Jack Pierson, a new painting by Georg Baselitz and an early photograph by Sigmar Polke, taken during his travels to Afghanistan and Pakistan where he shot one of his most important photographic series. Featured artists include:
GEORG BASELITZ | ROSEMARIE CASTORO | TONY CRAGG | ANTONY GORMLEY | DONALD JUDD| IMI KNOEBEL | ROBERT LONGO | JACK PIERSON | SIGMAR POLKE | DAVID SALLE | RAQIB SHAW | EMILIO VEDOVA | ERWIN WURM | YAN PEI-MING
Also on view at the gallery will be a monumental painting by Anselm Kiefer, Memento mori (2020) from his new series Für Walther von der Vogelweide and referencing the theory and practice of reflecting on the transient nature of earthly life. Placed at the top of the canvas, separating the sky from the impasto of golden paint that suggests a wheat field, the scythe underlines the symbolic meaning of the work. Anselm Kiefer’s ongoing preoccupation with cultural memory, identity and history lends his works their multi-layered and complex iconography, constantly fuelled by a canon of historical, mythological and literary sources. In a process of reworking, combining and accumulating, the artist weaves personal biography, collective memory and symbolically charged materiality into a deeply personal work complex that is nevertheless anchored in the communal psyche. Following in the tradition of German landscape painting, Kiefer often uses depictions of nature to explore the fundamental questions of human existence. In many cases, he combines these with objects applied to the canvas, which contain a variety of symbolic references of varying intensity.
Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac will also present exclusive live-streaming events, especially conceived for this occasion.
Guided Tours of Art Basel Highlights at Ely House, London, with Tom Hunt, Gallery Director
Wednesday June 17 at 7pm CET
Friday 19 June at 6pm CET
Saturday 20 June at 1pm CET
Wednesday 24 June at 4pm CET
Join Tom Hunt in our London gallery for a live virtual tour in which he shows you a selection of the works on view and answer any questions you may have about our presentation at Art Basel Online. Each tour is a unique experience focused on a different selection of works.
Studio Visit with Jason Martin In Conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director
Thursday 18 June at 5pm CET
Join a live conversation with Jason Martin in his studio in Comporta, Portugal, speaking to Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director, in our London Gallery. They will discuss his most recent work, including the painting Untitled (Mixed White / Emerald Green / Sepia) II, 2019, which is currently on view at Ely House and featured in our Art Basel Online presentation.
Walk-through of ‘Art Basel Highlights at Ely House’ exhibition with Erwin Wurm In Conversation with Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director
Wednesday 24 June at 1pm CET
Discover a live conversation between Erwin Wurm, from his studio in Austria, and Julia Peyton-Jones, Senior Global Director, from our London gallery where his work Direktor (Herrentasche) (Taschenskulpturen), 2019 is currently on view and featured in our Art Basel Online presentation.