Chelsea is set to bolster its position as New York’s gallery district when it welcomes 15 new art galleries in and around Zaha Hadid’s High Line building later this year.
Related Companies is behind the bumper art offering, which will be split across Hadid’s undulating 520 West 28th Street landmark – the architect’s only Manhattan condo project, set to open in spring – and several sites nearby.
‘This project was inspired by Zaha Hadid’s sculptural building at 520 West 28th Street, which is one of the finest residential buildings in the city and a monumental piece of art,’ says Greg Gushee, VP of Related which is behind Hadid’s structure.
Four galleries will open within the base of the condo building while nine will take up residency beneath the elevated park which runs alongside the Chelsea property.
Dubbed the ‘High Line Nine’, this cache of ‘boutiques exhibition spaces’ will range from 650 to 1,800 sq ft and will be modelled on a European galleria, complete with on-site cafe and wine bar.
Among them will be SoHo’s Paul Kasmin Gallery, which is taking one space here and a bigger 5,000-sq ft gallery next to the condo, designed by StudioMDA founder Markus Dochantschi.
Dochantschi will also design two more galleries on the block, rounding off the pack.
Each of the galleries is being offered turn-key, which Gushee claims is ‘a completely new-to-market concept – a collection of highly amenitized, full service exhibition spaces that allow domestic and international galleries to showcase their collections while we take care of all of the mundane details.’
He adds: ‘The new galleries will be a great amenity for the residents of 520 West 28th, many of whom are art collectors already.’
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