Gagosian Is Closing Its Britannia Street Gallery in London and Will Launch a New Public Art Program Instead

The gallery has announced the new initiative Gagosian Open, which will bring art into public spaces

Damien Hirst, Myth Explored, Explained, Exploded (1993) on view as part of the Damien Hirst "Natural History" Exhibition at Gagosian Britannia Street in London in 2022. Photo by Tristan Fewings/Getty Images.

Gagosian is closing its Britannia Street outpost in north London, according to the Financial Times. The mega-gallery will continue to operate its two remaining London locations on Grosvenor Hill and Davies Street. The gallery confirmed that the landlord of the Britannia Street gallery is developing the site.

Gagosian has instead announced plans to extend beyond the gallery’s conventional four walls with its new program Gagosian Open. Launching in October 2023, the initiative will install artworks at public sites across London with the aim to “generate unique encounters—for audiences and artists alike.”

The 15,000-square-foot gallery space located near King’s Cross had ample space to present mammoth-sized contemporary masterpieces. It opened in 2004 with an exhibition dedicated to Cy Twombly. Over the past two decades it has showcased many of the gallery’s top names, most memorably Richard Serra, Cecily Brown, Jeff Koons, George Baselitz, Walter de Maria, and Rachel Whiteread.  

Over the past few years it staged a series of exhibitions by Damien Hirst, including last year’s “Natural History,” a retrospective of the artist’s infamous works in which dead animals are suspended in formaldehyde.

The final show, “Rites of Passage,” united works by 19 artists that addressed the theme of migration.

In late 2020, Gagosian closed its San Francisco location in order to focus its energies on Los Angeles.


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