Salzburg, Austria

Imi Knoebel

Galerie Thaddaeus Ropac, Halle

What financial crisis? Thaddaeus Ropac has shown his bullish attitude by expanding his gallery empire with a “multiuse hall” in Salzburg, measuring some twenty-eight thousand square feet. This functional building doesn’t look like much on the outside, but its interior is all Chelsea flair and seems to exemplify the spirit of cool. Some two thousand square feet of exhibition space now await the planned four yearly shows, and as much space again serves as a viewing room for large-format works, such as Anselm Kiefer’s twenty-five-foot-long work The Fertile Crescent, 2009.

The opening show in the new hall features gallery veteran Imi Knoebel, whose work—owing to his attention to site-specificity and the formal relationships among architecture, images, and sculpture—neatly fits this huge, spare space. After Knoebel’s colorful, carefree “Pure Freude” (Pure Joy) pictures, 2000–2002, and the

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