Emmanuel Perrotin Plans Tokyo Expansion for 2017

The Frenchman makes another aggressive move.

The dealer has already found the perfect sweater for the opening of his new Tokyo gallery. Photo: @emmanuelperrotin via Instagram.

The Parisian art dealer Emmanuel Perrotin is continuing his aggressive expansion strategy by announcing the opening of a new space in Tokyo during the Spring of 2017. The gallery is to be designed by Hong Kong architect André Fu.

The Art Newspaper reported that the launch of the new 130 square meter gallery in Tokyo comes after expansion to Hong Kong in 2012 and Seoul, South Korea earlier this year.

According to a post on Instagram, the French dealer said that the Tokyo dependence of his gallery will be located in the heart of the Roppongi area, which he describes as “a cultural and vibrant neighborhood,” in the caption. The area is also home to the Mori Art Museum, the Suntory Museum of Art, the National Art Center, and several other galleries.

The Tokyo gallery will open in Spring 2017. Photo: @emmanuelperrotin via Instagram.

The Tokyo gallery will open in Spring 2017. Photo: @emmanuelperrotin via Instagram.

Opening a gallery in Japan is a logical step for the dealer, who has promoted numerous Asian artists over his 25-year career. Most notably, Perrotin has represented Takashi Murakami since 1993, when his became the first gallery outside of Japan to show the artist’s work. His roster also includes artists such as Aya Takano, Mr., Chen Fei, Chung Chang-Sup, Park Seo-Bo, Xu Zhen, and Bharti Kher.

Meanwhile in New York, Perrotin will also move to a 25,000 square foot new space on Manhattan’s Lower East Side in 2017, which will be eight times larger than its current location on the Upper East Side. He first opened a gallery in New York three years ago, sharing a building with Swiss dealer Dominique Lévy.

According to the gallery website, Perrotin has opened 15 spaces since opening his first gallery in 1989. Today the Frenchman operates seven active spaces, with four in Paris, one in New York, one in Hong Kong, and one in Seoul. The inauguration of the new Tokyo gallery will bring the total to eight in 2017.


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