TEMPLON

General Sector
Booth A4

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+33 1 42 72 14 10

30 Beaubourg Street
75003 Paris
France

28, rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare
75003 Paris
France

Presentation of the gallery

Daniel Templon, then 21 years old, founded the gallery in 1966 on rue Bonaparte in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district. First opened under the name of Cimaise-Bonaparte in the cellar of an antique dealer, the gallery quickly moved upstairs, before moving in 1972 to the Marais, rue Beaubourg, a few meters from the future Pompidou Centre.

The gallery first became known for its program around conceptual and minimal art: Martin Barré, Christian Boltanski, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra. Since the 1970s, the gallery has introduced the French public to the great names of American art: Dan Flavin, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella and Andy Warhol. It quickly established itself as one of the reference galleries in the promotion of contemporary art in France.
In 1972, Daniel Templon and Catherine Millet launched the magazine Art Press.

Many of the artists, who have now gone down in history, have exhibited on the walls of the gallery. In chronological order: Martin Barré, Christian Boltanski, Joseph Kosuth, Ben, Arman, César, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, Donald Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, Robert Morris, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Olivier Mosset, Art & Language, Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Karel Appel, Wilem de Kooning, Helmut Newton, Francesco Clemente, Jörg Immendorff, Julian Schnabel, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, Robert Mapplethorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Joel Shapiro, Keith Haring, Peter Halley, James Rosenquist, Robert Longo, Paul Rebeyrolle, Georg Baselitz, Raymond Hains, Eric Fischl, Juan Uslé, Jaume Plensa, George Condo, Ross Bleckner, Chapman brothers, Jim Dine, Richard Long, William Eggleston, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Deacon, Larry Bell, Guillermo Kuitca, Anthony Caro, Pierre and Gilles.
Today, the gallery represents about thirty international artists. Its program seeks to promote a dialogue between different generations: established artists of "classical" contemporary art, mid-career international artists, and the experiences of young artists.

The gallery actively collaborates with museums and institutions to design exhibitions and publications. It pursues an important policy of producing works of art and regularly publishes catalogues of its exhibitions. The gallery has four exhibition spaces: two in Paris (30 rue Beaubourg and 28 rue du Grenier Saint-Lazare), one gallery in Brussels and one in New York (Chelsea). She has participated in numerous international fairs, including FIAC since 1974 and ART BASEL since 1978.

Presentation of the artist in focus

For its second participation in Drawing Now, TEMPLON will present a set of works by artist Abdelkader Benchamma, including a series of drawings exploring the theme of the flood. Following his invitation to the Schneider Foundation in Wattwiller in 2023, Abdelkader Benchamma questions this universal myth and the collective psyche attached to it.
For the first time, this new series breaks new ground by introducing colour into his work, which until then had been essentially black and white. The mineral and organic forms draw their inspiration from the telluric elements that take the viewer into fireworks, endless waterfalls and infernal worlds.
Like a multitude of illustrated sketches, the series tells the story of an in-between world.