duendepr.com news After Yvon Lambert : Olivier Belot, Mélanie Meffrer Rondeau and Alexa Brossard initiate “Until Then” at the Flea Market of St-Ouen

After Yvon Lambert : Olivier Belot, Mélanie Meffrer Rondeau and Alexa Brossard initiate “Until Then” at the Flea Market of St-Ouen

Olivier Belot, Mélanie Meffrer Rondeau and Alexa Brossard: three members of the Yvon Lambert clan have reconvened to embark upon a new adventure that promises to question Parisian gallery codes. Accompanied by Douglas Gordon, David Claerbout, Jonathan Monk, Robert Barry, Diogo Pimentao and Joan Jonas (who will represent the United States at the next Venice Biennial), and joined by new artists whose names will be revealed at the beginning of the year, the three partners are working closely to open Until Then on 1st March 2015. A contemporary art venue with an “abstract humanist” slant in the Parisian temple of decorative arts: the Flea Market of St-Ouen (Les Puces).

MONTAGE by Frederic Gresse

Until Then. A name to reflect the ongoing process of a project that flatly refuses the traditional eponymous appellation used by gallery owners. Until Then progressively became obvious through communicating with the English artist Jonathan Monk, ending each correspondence with these words that became a ritual, the promise of an eternal beginning anew like returning to your work each day to improve it.

A break with location.  ”Yvon was the first to open in the Marais. That’s how areas are created, by trying a sideways step. We love the Marais, but when it comes down to it, there is no outstanding space that provides the opportunity to do things. If we had stayed there, we would have been tempted to do what Yvon does. Here you have to invent,’ sum up the three partners. It is therefore 77 rue des Rosiers, but at St-Ouen, at the heart of the flea market that the threesome takes the daring risk of a new location for contemporary art in Paris. A rare 500 m2 space beneath a glass roof, open to the public from Friday to Sunday in step with the flea market, that will enable a different work schedule for gallery owners during the week. This choice embraces the symbolic status of Les Puces that has undergone a full revival over the last two years. ‘The flea market is a real hub of Parisian life, a buzzing historical landmark, frequented by foreigners who do not venture into the Marais. Collectors, artists and business owners: everyone comes to spend four or five hours at Les Puces. It’s not a flying visit. I like this rhythm, this slower pace,’ explains Olivier Belot.

3580 by Frederic Gresse

A new vision of the art market.  500 m2 adjustable space, 40 m2 of which devoted exclusively to performance, open to the public only at the week-end, 4 or 5 exhibitions maximum per year, the future gallery resonating with a cultural centre to gain a better understanding of an art market that has changed over the last 20 twenty years. Less exhibitions guarantee being able to work in depth with the artists, the collectors, the commissioners and curators sharing the artworks, it is to allow the time for genuine human relationships. Not a luxury, but a necessity. As for the choice of performance, a discipline a priori the very antithesis of the economic constraints of a sales space, once again a new means of meeting between artists to form new links. It is also an important step in Olivier Belot’s journey involved Joan Jonas at Yvon Lambert, the first artist identified as a performer in the history of art.

Next date for your diary, January 2015 to find out which artists have been chosen for the opening exhibition and the gallery’s schedule for the first few months. 

Credit portrait photo: Justin Creedy Smith

Credit gallery photos: Frédéric Gresse