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John Berggruen Gallery Announces Move to Historic Building Across from New SFMOMA this Fall

San Francisco, CA

John Berggruen Gallery has announced it is moving, opening a new space this fall at 10 Hawthorne Street, on the corner of Howard. The gallery will occupy an historic building, directly across from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s (SFMOMA) new Howard Street Entrance, part of a burgeoning neighborhood for the arts.

The gallery, a cornerstone of the west coast art world and a catalyst for the San Francisco market for more than 45 years, specializes in modern and contemporary art, and has mounted exhibitions by internationally renowned artists and Bay Area luminaries including Frank Stella, Georgia O’Keefe, Willem de Kooning, Alexander Calder, Helen Frankenthaler, Edward Ruscha, Mark di Suvero, Wayne Thiebaud and Richard Diebenkorn.

“With the opening of the new SFMOMA, there is great energy around the arts in San Francisco, and we are thrilled to be a part of it,” said John Berggruen, founder of the Berggruen Gallery. “Since the opening of our gallery 45 years ago, we have been deeply committed to the arts community here. This relocation is an expression of our mission and our founding vision: to serve as advocates for the arts, artists, and collectors, through our ambitious programming and exhibitions, focusing on the icons of the 20th century and today’s generation of artists. “

The new space will enable the gallery to accommodate the expansion of its program, strengthening its commitment to presenting the work of new artists, as well as works by some of the most significant artists of the 20th century. The move follows on the heels of the gallery’s appointment of Sarah Wendell as its president, which represents an investment in the gallery’s long-term growth, and a refocusing of its contemporary program, which will showcase a spectrum of contemporary artists, from emerging artists to established masters.

The gallery’s new home will be in a restored, historic three-story brick building in the heart of the growing San Francisco art scene. Designed by Jennifer Weiss Architecture, the gallery will include two floors of exhibition space, as well as a third-floor for sculpture and other project shows. The Berggruen Gallery will be the newest cultural addition to the neighborhood, which includes the expanded SFMOMA, the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, Crown Point Press, and the Contemporary Jewish Museum, as well as several other prominent galleries.

Since opening 45 years ago, Berggruen Gallery has mounted groundbreaking exhibitions of paintings, sculpture, and prints by American and European masters, modernists, and contemporary artists. The first gallery of national stature in San Francisco, Berggruen Gallery was a pioneer for the bourgeoning San Francisco art scene, and played a fundamental role in cultivating a group of dedicated collectors in the Bay Area. In addition to giving first or early shows to many artists who are now well-established in their careers – including Edward Ruscha, Tom Sachs, and Mark Tansey – bringing world-renowned art to San Francisco, the gallery also created a market for Wayne Thiebaud and artists of the Bay Area Figurative school, like Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Elmer Bischoff, and Nathan Oliveira.

John Berggruen first opened the gallery in the spring of 1970 on Grant Avenue in downtown San Francisco with a series of prints on consignment from his father, Heinz Berggruen, a renowned German art dealer with a successful gallery in Paris. After two years in business the gallery moved across the street to the space it has occupied for the past 43 years.  The gallery is now run by husband and wife team John and Gretchen Berggruen, along with Wendell, and has helped to develop and foster relationships with local, national, and international artists, and to start some of the Bay Area’s most notable collectors on their current path.

Since opening, the Berggruens have used their passion for art and artists to create a world-class gallery in San Francisco, and have served as mentors, teachers, and advisors to emerging artists and young collectors. By fostering relationships with a local, national, and international group of colleagues over the past five decades, the Beggruens have created lasting partnerships that have enabled them to bring rare masterworks to San Francisco audiences time and again.

The gallery’s recent exhibition Looking Back: 45 Years, a landmark exhibition that brought back masterpieces the gallery has shown and placed in collections since its founding, exemplified both the tremendous quality of the gallery’s offerings – with works from Alexander Calder, Willem de Kooning, Clyfford Still, Helen Frankenthaler, Philip Guston, Frida Kahlo, Ellsworth Kelly, and Mark Tansey, among others – as well as the relationships the Berggruens have built over the course of the gallery’s five decade history, featuring works from private collections around the globe.

About John Berggruen Gallery

John Berggruen Gallery specializes in the exhibition and sale of contemporary art and 20th-century American and European paintings, drawings, sculpture, and limited edition prints.  The gallery exhibits the work of major American post-war artists as well as established and emerging contemporary artists, such as Julie Mehretu, Richard Serra, Mark Tansey, George Condo, Bridget Riley, and Tauba Auerbach.  In addition Berggruen Gallery presents curated exhibitions of historic works by artists such as, Ellsworth Kelly, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse, Edward Ruscha, Frank Stella, Georgia O'Keeffe, Mark di Suvero, Willem de Kooning, and Wayne Thiebaud.  The gallery also specializes in the work of Bay Area Figurative artists Richard Diebenkorn, David Park, Nathan Oliveira, and Elmer Bischoff.

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