Venice is already in everybody’s mind. A few weeks from the official opening of the Biennale, the gallerist Victoria Miro has announced that she will open her fourth gallery in the city of the Doges. This will be her first space outside of London.
It will open on 10 May, the day of the preview of the Venice Biennale, and the opening exhibition will be devoted to one of the gallery’s most representative artists, Chris Ofili. The British painter, a favourite with the markets, will certainly attract collectors visiting Venice for the Biennale. The solo show will be called Poolside Magic and will mark Ofili’s return to the city. He represented Great Britain here in 2003 and was part of the biennale in 2015.
The gallery will be located in the former Galleria il Capricorno, in a 17th-century building in the central district of San Marco. Victoria Miro explained in a communiqué that she had been in regular discussions about the future of the Galleria il Capricorno with its owner Bruna Aickelin. For over 40 years, Aickelin showed works by Lucio Fontana, Cy Twombly and Robert Rauschenberg. She also exhibited works by artists represented by Victoria Miro, such as Hernan Bas, Chantal Joffe and Grayson Perry. “Peggy Guggenheim, Ileana Sonnabend, Paula Cooper, Barbara Gladstone, Lisa Spellman, Sadie Coles, and Victoria Miro are some of the pioneering women gallerists whom I have had the great fortune to know and work with over many years. Our lives are forever woven together, and I feel privileged to hand over the baton of my gallery to Victoria”.