White Cube Closes São Paulo Gallery After Three Years–Was it a World Cup Tax Dodge?

White Cube Bermondsey Photo: White Cube
White Cube Bermondsey
Photo: White Cube
White Cube São Paulo <br> Photo: via Trcaey Emin Studio

White Cube
Photo via: Tracey Emin Studio

White Cube will not be renewing the lease of its São Paulo gallery, closing the space after just three years in business.

“The current exhibition by the Brazilian-born artist Christian Rosa will be the final show in the current program,” read a statement issued by the gallery. “With the completion of its three year project under the co-directorship of Karla Meneghel and Peter Brandt, the lease on White Cube São Paulo in the Vila Mariana district comes to an end in late August,” the gallery adds.

The gallery, however, has declared that it will maintain a presence in Brazil. “White Cube will now focus on ‘Special Projects’… as was the impetus when the gallery was first introduced to the region,” read the statement.

artnet News contacted White Cube representatives to enquire about the nature of those “special projects,” but the gallery didn’t disclose any further details.

White Cube has two spaces in London, one in the center of the capital and another one in Bermondsey, south London.

In 2012, they not only expanded into the Brazilian market, but also into Asia, opening a gallery in Hong Kong, which has put on exhibitions by Gilbert & George, Anselm Kiefer, Damien Hirst, and Cerith Wyn Evans.

White Cube Bermondsey <br> Photo: White Cube

White Cube Bermondsey
Photo: White Cube

Jay Jopling Photo: J Grassi/Patrick McMullan

Jay Jopling
Photo: J Grassi/Patrick McMullan


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