Greenpoint will be the home of the next gallery from the Faurschou Foundation which plans its grand New York City opening this November with a show at the new permanent exhibition space at 148 Green St.
The warehouse at 148 Green St. is undergoing renovations and will have 12000 square feet of space; most recently home to the wholesaler 79 South China Import INC., which relocated to Long Island.
The inaugural exhibition, “The Red Bean Grows in the South,” is a group show “centered on concepts of dreams and longing, featuring major large-scale and experiential works” that opens November 3rd, with works by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Rauschenberg Ai Weiwei, Yoko Ono, Alison Saar, and many other notable international artists.
The gallery will focus on engaging “Western audiences with important concepts, themes and works from China,” starting with the inaugural show, according to the press release:
The exhibition’s title references the first verse of a Chinese Tang Dynasty poem, Red Bean, which is known to express deep longing. While the scope of the exhibition is broadly international, the curatorial conceit for the Foundation’s first New York show reflects a core tenet of the Foundation’s identity—its longstanding relationship with China, and its desire to engage Western audiences with important concepts, themes and works from the region.
The Faurschou Foundation also operates permanent exhibition spaces in Beijing and Copenhagen along with a pop-up gallery in Venice. More background of the foundation:
Established in 2011 by Jens Faurschou—a passionate Danish collector, art advisor and philanthropist—Faurschou Foundation champions artists and fosters cross-cultural exchange internationally, but particularly between the East and the West.The Foundation’s mission, ethos, and aesthetic are infused with Danish values, but China is also an important part of their DNA, as a result of the Founder’s long history of exploring and engaging with Chinese contemporary art. The newly renovated 12,000 square-foot industrial warehouse in Greenpoint, opening in November, will give the Foundation a new platform to showcase large-scale installations and experiential works from Faurschou’s collection, thematic group shows centered on the human condition and experience, and solo presentations of acclaimed artists from across the globe. The Foundation hopes to enhance the already rich cultural landscape of New York City by providing unique experiences for local, regional, and international visitors—engaging them with topical ideas and themes through artistic practice.