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Copenhagen’s David Risley Gallery to Close

After eighteen years, dealer David Risley has decided to close his eponymous Copenhagen-based gallery in order to focus more on developing Funkisfabriken, an old Swedish furniture factory that the gallerist is transforming into a cross-disciplinary research center.

Risley describes the Funkisfabriken as “an audacious project to realign art, food, business, and innovation with sustainability.” Located in Gemla, the 120,000-square-foot complex, built in 1929, will include exhibition spaces, restaurants, research kitchens and labs, and sculpture gardens. “It is a place where ideas will be front and center,” Risley wrote in a letter announcing his plans. “Where researchers, designers, artists, chefs, and other innovators come together to share ideas in a beautiful environment in the Swedish forest with great food.”

Reflecting on opening the gallery in the East End of London in 2003—it relocated to Copenhagen in 2009—Risley wrote, “as a gallerist I have always sold art to make exhibitions, I never made exhibitions to sell art.” He will continue to work with artists on projects such as museum shows, commissions, and catalogues in the coming months.