Patricia Low Contemporary is delighted to announce it is reopening on the 15th of October, 2021, in a brand new building in the heart of Gstaad, with two exhibitions on separate floors of gallery space. A pillar of contemporary art in the Swiss resort since 2005, Patricia Low Contemporary reopens with an exhibition of new paintings by Berlin-based multidisciplinary artist Richard Kennedy on the lower ground floor and three sculptures by British Turner Prize-winner Antony Gormley on the ground floor.
Designed by sought-after local architecture firm Rieder Architektur AG and situated in the centre of Gstaad on the cobbled Promenade, the new gallery’s exterior is in the traditional chalet style. The light-filled interior boasts 164 square metres of exhibition space and a terrace in addition to the two available floors. Not limited to high season, a programme of solo and curated exhibitions will take place throughout the year.
The inaugural exhibitions at the new gallery space epitomise Patricia Low’s long commitment to showing exciting artists at pivotal moments in their careers as well as established practitioners. On the lower ground floor, Richard Kennedy’s colourful canvases are seductively layered, featuring swirls of acrylic paint and poetry scratched into the surface that both play with and push at the traditions of the medium while gesturing towards a new language. Three sculptures by Antony Gormley command the upstairs space: a crystal-like Hive form in stainless steel polygons; an intricate sculpture from the Polyhedra Works series and a kneeling figure from his Massive Blockworks series.
Established in Gstaad in 2005, with outposts in Geneva (2009-12) and St. Moritz (2011-14), Patricia Low Contemporary is the main destination for contemporary art in the famed Alpine town. With 16 years exhibiting both primary and secondary works, and 75 shows in Gstaad (with more in the Geneva and St. Moritz outposts), including exhibitions by Toiletpaper, Sylvie Fleury and Jonathan Meese, Patricia Low has been central to putting Gstaad on the contemporary art map.
On the new space, Patricia says:
“Building a new gallery after 16 years marks the start of a new chapter. You build fresh upon years of experience but with newfound passion, optimism and joy, and a bright vision for the future. I am excited to begin to show year-round and to continue to spotlight exciting new artists alongside those I have long championed and loved.”
new gallery in Venice
Patricia Low Contemporary is thrilled to announce the opening of a new gallery in Venice in April 2023, to operate alongside the Gstaad mainstay.
Established in the Swiss resort in 2005, Patricia Low is delighted to now begin hosting exhibitions by members of her programme of international artists in the heart of Venice’s museum district, Dorsoduro. Adjacent to the Ca’ Rezzonico museum of 18th-century Venice and directly across from Palazzo Grassi, Patricia Low Venezia will open in the 16th-century Palazzo Contarini Michiel on April 1, 2023 with a solo exhibition by American artist Amy Bessone.
With over two decades staging exhibitions by artists at pivotal points in their careers, from Maurizio Cattelan to Jonathan Meese, and, most recently, Gilbert & George among many others, Patricia Low has been instrumental to putting Gstaad on the global contemporary art map. Now preparing to make her contribution to Venice’s contemporary art scene, the new gallery is sited in Dorsoduro’s Museum Mile, among such vital and storied spaces as the Gallerie dell’Accademia, the Palazzo Cini Gallery, Peggy Guggenheim Collection, and Palazzo Grassi Punta della Dogana.
The gallery’s year-round programme underlines Patricia Low’s commitment to showing emerging as well as established artists, and finding connections between them that transcend territory, generation and discipline. Key artists with significant international profiles who have exhibited at Patricia Low Contemporary over the years include Wim Delvoye, Sylvie Fleury, Damien Hirst, Axel Hütte, Bjarne Melgaard, Jonathan Meese, Marc Quinn, Anselm Reyle, Chiharu Shiota, Gavin Turk, Joana Vasconcelos, and Thomas Zipp. Since reopening in 2021 in a new space in Gstaad, Patricia Low has also shone a spotlight on rising artists including Richard Kennedy, Anouk Lamm Anouk and Brian Rochefort.
With her practised eye for seeking out new positions in contemporary art as well as an instinct for art which endures, Patricia Low plans for complementary, year-long programming across Venice and Gstaad. The Venice space will open with an exhibition by American artist Amy Bessone, titled “Our Secret Garden”, featuring paintings of intensely-hued, full-bodied female forms that make reference to multiple art-historical and architectural sources, as well as the location of Venice itself. “Our Secret Garden” will be followed by a solo show of exuberant, pop-influenced sculptures by British artist Philip Colbert to coincide with the opening of the Architecture Biennale.
Further information on the gallery’s annual programme will be disclosed shortly before the official opening.