Above an NCP car park and in a former Savills office building, the art powerhouse Gagosian Gallery is set to open its new Mayfair outpost this October. The gallery had been looking for a space around there for the last ten years and finally settled on a 1960s building tucked behind the throng of Berkeley Square. ‘It’s a strange blind spot in Mayfair, many people don’t know it,’ said Stefan Ratibor, director of the gallery. ‘It will bring life to this area.’
Even though they’ve opted for a more traditional approach (don’t expect the Kunsthalle style of their Britannia Street gallery which has shown museum-scale exhibitions of Henry Moore and Richard Serra) the Mayfair gallery is still mega in scale (at 18,000 square feet) and style with a stunning bespoke European oak floor. Architects Caruso St John are also using all the latest in technological gadgetry; the lighting alone has taken two years to devise and is powered by a programme that tracks the outside weather to create a naturally lit environment inside.
© Gagosian Gallery
So when can you get into to see this new beacon of gallery architecture? Well as is tradition, the gallery will be inaugurated with a show of the important late American artist Cy Twombly that opens to the public on Saturday October 10.
But if you can’t wait, check out the gallery's Instagram account as it celebrates the 20-day countdown to the opening by releasing three images a day, such as this one, which currently looks very far from the artist's impressions above.
Cy Twombly is at Gagosian Gallery from Oct 10 to Dec 12.