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On June 1, Swiss art dealer Bruno Bischofberger moved his eponymous gallery into a new 250,000-square-foot space in Männedorf designed by his daughter, Nina Baier-Bischofberger, and her husband, Florian Baier. The building is a marvel of concrete, which takes a variety of unique forms throughout the space, from twisted columns to undulating ribbons. It will house exhibition spaces, storage, and offices.
Bischofberger has long been a pioneer of American artists in Europe—particularly those in the Pop genre. At his first gallery, opened in Zurich in 1963, he staged an exhibition featuring Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns, and Roy Lichtenstein, among others. In the following decades, Bischofberger expanded his repertoire to include minimal and conceptual artists like Dan Flavin and Sol LeWitt, as well as a range of international contemporary artists, such as Yves Klein and Gerhard Richter. In 1982 he became Jean-Michel Basquiat’s sole European dealer; Dennis Hopper played Bischofberger in Julian Schnabel’s 1996 film Basquiat. Today, the dealer represents architects and designers, including Ettore Sottsass.