‘Galerie Perrotin’ Announces Massive 5-Level Gallery at Beckenstein Building on Orchard Street

Posted on: June 14th, 2016 at 5:00 am by
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It looks like that controversial bait-and-switch proposed for the Beckenstein Building (b. 1902) – Orchard Street Social – hit a dead end. Word came down the pike yesterday afternoon that the three-year-old Galerie Perrotin is moving to the Lower East Side (“the city’s most dynamic arts neighborhood”) from the Upper East Side.

The Paris-based Galerie Perrotin signed on for a mind-blowing 25,000 square-feet of space within 130 Orchard Street. What amounts to eight times the size of its uptown location – the massive floor area spans five levels, and sports ceilings up to 12 to 20 feet high. And it’s a homecoming of sorts, as Galerie Perrotin last year hosted a two-week pop-up exhibit that explored artist JR’s permanent residence at the abandoned Ellis Island ruins.

“This new location will offer, on par with the Paris based gallery, the capability to organize and present several concurrent or large retrospective exhibitions at once,” a press release states.

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“The gallery will be thrilled to be contributing to the ongoing blossoming of the Lower East Side as surrounding galleries also develop in a context that is relevant and exciting to many artists today. The unique energy of this neighborhood with its mix of people, bars and interesting restaurants, attracting critics, curators, collectors and artists alike, are reminiscent of the art scene Soho days, now long gone.”

Renovations are to be handled by the architectural firm Peterson Rich Office. Opening is expected for sometime in 2017.

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