Galleria Continua inaugurates its new venue in Paris

Words by Carla Ingrasciotta
January 18, 2021

On January 20, 2021, 15 years after the opening of Galleria Continua Les Moulins in the Parisian countryside, another space opens, this time in the heart of the French capital in Le Marais, 87 Rue du Temple.

The gallery has a capacity of 800 square meters, divided on two floors, with a string of windows that run around the corner between Rue du Temple and Rue Michel-le-Comte, a stone’s throw from the Centre Pompidou. The space will be also equipped with a café, a store and a room dedicated to meetings and talks.

“The project comes from the idea of creating a welcoming space, a convivial place, that is flexible, inclusive, accessible to all and does not architecturally adhere to the canons of the white cube; a workshop of contemporary languages that brings together art, sociality and culture. An environment open to multiculturality where people with stories, resources and different interests can meet even just to read a magazine or to exchange thoughts, experiences and plans”, state Mario Cristiani, Lorenzo Fiaschi and Maurizio Rigillo, Galleria Continua’s founders.

The gallery opens with a special exhibition curated by JR, titled “Truc à faire”, expressing the need of the three gallerists to respond to an incidental and inescapable call: “one thing to do”. Talking about the exhibition, artist JR states: “a space where art works are sold, halfway between a cathedral and a supermarket, it’s a place where we get closer to infinity and where we can buy consumer objects. For this new space, I wanted to bring together two universes, create a place that is lived by art, where we come to walk, where we encounter works by artists of many different generations, coming from 5 continents: from Ai Weiwei, to Daniel Buren, Anish Kapoor, Michelangelo Pistoletto and Pascale Marthine Tayou, to name a few. I would like it to be a space for discussion, meetings, surprises, where we buy a book and when we open it, we discover it’s signed by the author, where we can have an Italian coffee in a dynamic environment, where we immerse ourselves in the works that are present”

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