The sobering gallery is a contemporary art gallery installed since 2013 rue de Turenne, in the Marais.
The genesis of the gallery dates back to 2002, when its directors, Patrícia Kishishian and Jean-Claude Ghenassia launched the magazine Annual, which became a reference in art publishing. Through collaborations with renowned artists such as Lawrence Weiner, Jonathan Monk, Thomas Demand, the magazine has made a place for itself in the world of contemporary art thanks to its limited editions presented at Art Basel (Basel & Miami), FIAC and EAB New York. Quickly, the need to accompany young artists presented in the magazine is felt: this is the objective of "92 rue de Varenne", a gallery-apartment exhibiting historical artists, Niki de Saint Phalle, Arman, Pavlos, F. Arnal, and internationals such as Tony Oursler and Christo & Jeanne-Claude, in dialogue with the young generation in a setting adjacent to the gardens of the Rodin Museum. In 2013, the "92 rue de Varenne" moved to rue de Poitou and was named Annual.
It was in 2013 that the project was renamed sobering galerie by moving to 87 rue de Turenne.
The gallery initially defended artists in the tradition of Pavlos, working with paper in volume (Rodrigo Arteaga, Carlos Rivera) or as a support (Thomas Andréa Barbey and Alexandra Hopf) and brought François Arnal's work back to light. Since the health crisis, the gallery has wanted to support young creation, drawing on the pools of art schools and more particularly the Beaux-Arts de Paris, without neglecting the strong link existing with the emerging Chilean art scene.
Thomas Andrea Barbey