Rendering of new Pace Gallery in Chelsea. Photo: Bonetti/Kozerski Architecture.

Pace to Open $100 Million Chelsea Space in September

Pace will open its new Bonetti/Kozerski–designed eight-story building on West Twenty-Fifth Street next month, a project spearheaded by Marc Glimcher, son of Arne Glimcher who founded the gallery fifty-nine years ago.

The $100 million space, on which the gallery has a twenty-year lease, represents a consolidation of Pace’s Upper East Side and West Twenty-Fifth Street locations. The project, which surpasses the New Museum’s $89 million expansion budget, will offer not just galleries but also a dining room for catered functions, open art storage, performance space, and research libraries. It will also feature Pace Live, a multidisciplinary program to be helmed by Mark Beasley, former performance and media art curator at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, DC. 

“A quarter of this building is given over to experience,” Glimcher told the New York Times. “It has to be a cultural destination. . . . I didn’t make up these evolutionary pressures—They exist. And that pressure is pushing you to create an experience, create a place for people to come together.”

“This is my Shed,” Glimcher added.

Last year, dealer David Zwirner also announced plans to expand with a fourth New York space, a new five-story $50 million gallery designed by Italian architect Renzo Piano, on West Twenty-First Street. Piano has also designed the Whitney Museum of American Art and the Menil Collection in Houston. 

Earlier this month, Pace announced it had closed its Beijing gallery, a decision made as tensions between the United States and China have mounted over taxes and the breakdown of trade talks between the two countries. Located in the city’s 798 Art District, the 22,000-square-foot space first opened in 2008 and was led by director Leng Lin. The gallery plans to maintain an office and a viewing room in the city and may further expand the gallery’s presence in Hong Kong following the closure. Among the galleries currently working to open branches in mainland China are Lévy Gorvy, Hauser & Wirth, Lisson, and Almine Rech.