Rodeo Gallery to Open Second Location in Greece

Rodeo, the London-based gallery founded by Sylvia Kouvali, has announced that it is expanding to Greece. Originally dedicated to artists from Turkey, Greece, and Cyprus, the arts space opened its first location in Istanbul in 2007. Kouvali opened a London branch on 125 Charing Cross Road in 2014 and decided to close the original gallery the following year.

Kouvali cited the market as the reason for opening the London space. In an interview with Flash Art, she said: “The market is something that’s not necessarily just financial. There’s a curatorial market and then there’s a market for journalism. In moving to London, we’ve achieved a lot in terms of making people more aware of what we’ve been doing as a gallery.”

With the shift in the gallery’s geography came a shift in its program. Rodeo now represents artists who live and work across the globe, including Duncan Campbell, Iman Issa, Liliane Lijn, and James Richards.

Rodeo will open the doors to its new outpost, located in a former commercial warehouse in the port city of Piraeus, on June 18. According to the gallery, the city’s rich history and importance to the country’s capital makes it the “ideal ground to activate its activities.” The Berlin-based architect Etienne Descloux was tapped to design the space. In addition to its exhibition program, the venue will host screenings, talks, performances, and other events. “Snowlion,” a solo show featuring new works by the American painter Leidy Churchman, will inaugurate the space.