Basel 2019
Galleries Unlimited | 2.1 | M17

Rodeo was opened in 2007 in Istanbul by Sylvia Kouvali. As well as looking to the local region of the gallery, the programme has always had an international approach, including contemporary artists from all over the world with a focus on the qualities of the works, rather than geographies. The programme and the vision of the gallery have since evolved. The gallery’s primary goal is to expand the dialogue between collectors, museums and curators towards international understanding of contemporary art. Since it opened, the gallery has focused on working in close connection with institutions and biennials alongside the artists to produce and present new ground-breaking works, giving the world the opportunity to see these artists internationally. In October 2014, Rodeo opened its second space in London’s Soho. Through the presence of the gallery in the heart of London, this focus has been expanded upon. For example, most recently, there was a significant presence of the gallery's artists in the last Documenta (2017) with Banu Cennetoglu and Apostolos Georgiou, major solo pavilions at the Venice Biennale by James Richards (2017) and Christodoulos Panayiotou (2015), and a two-year touring and amassing exhibition by Tamara Henderson that travelled to institutions from Glasgow to LA, Canada, London and Dublin. In June 2018, Rodeo opened a new space in Piraeus, Greece: a place to present artists that are part of the roster, but also to expand on this by inviting new positions, some of historical relevance, and some younger artists aiming to write history with. The two spaces work in unison to show the diversity of Rodeo's programme. The first exhibition with American painter Leidy Churchman will be included in the artist's first retrospective at the Hessel Museum, NY in 2019. The second show in September 2018 re-staged Liliane Lijn's pioneering Conjunction of Opposites (1983-86), bringing this important historical work to a contemporary audience in Greece and beyond.