Baudoin Lebon closes his gallery

Baudoin Lebon closes his gallery
Baudoin Lebon closes his gallery

The Baudoin Lebon gallery announced a few days ago the closure of its spaces at 21 rue Chapon where it had moved barely three years ago. A sudden closure that Baudoin Lebon explains by evoking a series of reasons (an increase in rent among others) which he could have faced but which cumulatively led him not to extend the continuation of his activity at this address. The exhibition by photographer Jan Schlegel scheduled for June and July at the gallery should take place in November in Paris in a location that has yet to be found.

“I am a nomadic gallery, I have had to move eight times in 50 years”, explains the gallery owner who does not rule out the idea of ​​finding another space in Paris. In the meantime, he “gets ahead of the summer break to think about how to continue”. After opening his first gallery in 1976 at 36 rue des Archives and creating the La Chapelle de Clairefontaine art center in Yvelines in 2016, Baudoin Lebon (born in 1949) plans to pursue his profession differently. “The rules of the market have changed. The art market has become like the mass distribution market. We have ten galleries which monopolize 90% of the art market, museums and exhibitions. And then there are all the small traders who are struggling”he emphasizes.

For now, the gallery owner plans to participate in Paris Photo. He applied with Galerie P in Ostend, formerly Galerie Papillon directed by Bart Ramakers, and will participate in Modern Art Fair in October 2024 with the Born in PPM project by photographer Mary-Lou Mauricio.

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