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Lisson Gallery and Haunch of Venison expand Milan

In September 2011, London’s Lisson Gallery will open a new branch in Milan. It will be the first international space that the gallery opens in its 44 years of activity.

Lisson Gallery Milan will be located in Via Zenale and include a garden space for outdoor sculpture exhibitions. Director and founder Nicholas Logsdail said about his decision to open in the Italian city that “it was inspired by different reasons, one of them being the particularly strong bond between the gallery and major Italian collectors and museums built throughout time.”

Annette Hoffman, formerly of the Lisson team from 1998 to 2006 and subsequently a consultant for the gallery, has been appointed director.

The September opening will be a group show curated by artist Ryan Gander and will exhibit works by Allora & Calzadilla, Cory Arcangel, Art & Language, Gerard Byrne, Spencer Finch, Haroon Mirza, Jonathan Monk, Giulio Paolini and Lawrence Weiner among others.

Another established retailer is opening a new 6,000 square foot premise in the Chelsea gallery district, New York.

Haunch of Venison, previously located at the Rockfeller Centre, will present its inaugural exhibition, “Boundaries Obscure,” on September 23. It revolves around the notion of globalization and the blurring of cultural-geographical boundaries as use of technology becomes more prevalent. The group show will “highlight the overwhelming difficulties and/or advantages of being an individual in a relentlessly encroaching mass of information and external pressure,” the press release stated. International Director Emilio Steinberger added that “the move to Chelsea means greater exposure for our artists and the ability to more effectively present their work to the public.”

The featured artists of the show include Ahmed Alsoudani, Kevin Francis Gray, Isca Greenfield-Sanders, Jitish Kallat, Patricia Piccinini, Peter Saul, Eve Sussman, Günther Uecker and Joana Vasconcelos. Several of them will have solo shows over the next year.

Lisson Gallery founder Nicholas Logsdail and Lisson Gallery Milan’s Director Annette Hofmann