Paris, 26 March 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Via a statement released by email, the gallery owning couple Jérôme and Emmanuelle de Noirmont, who represented among others Jeff Koons, Valérie Belin, Pierre & Gilles, Shirin Neshat, Fabrice Hyber, Valérie Belin, and Benjamin Sabatier, with a current exhibition on the work of Marjane Satrapi, recently announced that they were going to end their activities.
The exhibition currently presented will then be the last for the renowned gallery, located at avenue Matignon in Paris, and the owners explain that closing down is necessary in order to continue their activities, to develop their image as a “mega-gallery” with several international anchors such as Gagosian.
“We need to move to a higher stage in order to ambitiously continue to serve artists amid this tough competition… Surfing on a wave and conserving the gallery in its current state ultimately leads to stopping to serve artists.” But the gallery owners do not plan on “setting off outside France,” even though “the bad political, economic and social context” of the country, along with “a noxious ideological climate and excruciating fiscal pressure,” are preventing them from continuing their work in its current state. They are putting an end to their gallery activities, explaining that their “future endeavours, although they are not clearly defined for now, will always be geared at putting art and contemporary creation at the heart of a social project, by making new roads by means of targeted actions, both on the professional level as well as in terms of charity.”