Mariane Ibrahim Opening a New Space in Paris

Eileen Kinsella, Artnet, March 9, 2021

Star Chicago Gallerist Mariane Ibrahim Is Opening a New Space in Paris as International Art Dealers Rush to the French CapitaL

"The global is local and vice versa," Ibrahim says of her thinking.


Art dealer Mariane Ibrahim, who recently moved her influential gallery to Chicago from Seattle, has joined a growing number of gallerists expanding to Paris. As Artnet News reported recently, a combination of real-estate opportunities, Brexit fallout, and a renewed sense of vibrancy is turning the City of Lights into a veritable art-market hub.

The new space is on Paris’s famous Avenue Matignon and the first exhibition, a group show of artists on the gallery’s roster, will open in September. In recent years, Ibrahim has offered an influential platform for artists of the African diaspora, including Ghanaian market star Amoako Boafo and British-Liberian artist Lina Iris Viktor. Ayana V. Jackson, who she also represents, will have a solo exhibition at the Smithsonian National Museum of African Art in 2022.


“The 8th arrondissement reminds us of our initial initiative to move to Chicago, where we felt like there was something new happening,” Ibrahim told Artnet News. “We are very lucky to be present for the beginning of a new resurrection of certain areas in Paris.”