Gagosian has announced that it will close its Britannia Street location in London, according to a report by the Financial Times. The decision coincides with the mega gallery’s plans to unveil a new program called Gagosian Open, which will see artworks and installations mapped out across public spaces in London with the goal to “generate unique encounters—for audiences and artists alike,” according to a statement.
Founded in 2004, the space has gone on to host an array of pioneering exhibitions from the likes of Mike Kelley, Hiroshi Sugimoto, James Turrell, Cecily Brown and Cy Twombly, amongst others. It’s final exhibition, Rites of Passage, is curated by Péjú Oshin and reflects on the act of movement, particularly postcolonial Black identity experienced by members of the African diaspora in relation to counterparts who instead identify with local majority populations.
Gagosian will continue to operate both its Grosvenor Hill and Davies Street outposts, while Gagosian Open is set to launch in October of this year.