Olivier Malingue was founded on London's New Bond Street in 2016 to bring key historical works into contemporary curatorial frameworks. With access to a wide range of Impressionist, Modern, Surrealist, Post-war and Contemporary works, the gallery presents a considered exhibition programme which intelligently combines works from different historical contexts.
The gallery was inaugurated with a solo show by established Korean Dansaekhwa artist Cho Yong-Ik, with further exhibitions including the first UK solo show of Japanese contemporary artist Makoto Ofune and three group exhibitions of modern masters including works by Alexander Calder, Jean Dubuffet, Wassily Kandinsky, Fernand Léger, Francis Picabia and Pablo Picasso.
In 2018, the gallery presented Surrealism: A Conversation, showing works by some of the most significant figures within the Surrealist movement, including Jean Arp, Salvador Dalí, Óscar Domínguez, Max Ernst, René Magritte, Roberto Matta and Yves Tanguy. In October, the gallery presented Suspension: A History of Abstract Hanging Sculpture 1918 - 2018, bringing together more than 50 works related to this little-known sculptural genre, produced by 30 artists, including Louise Bourgeois, Marcel Duchamp, Yves Klein and Alexander Rodchenko, across two exhibitions, at Olivier Malingue in London, and Palais d'Iéna in Paris.
In 2019, the gallery programme opened with the exhibition, Modern and Surreal, including works by Victor Brauner, Paul Delvaux, Max Ernst, Jean Fautrier, Fernand Léger, Heinz Mack, Roberto Matta, Pablo Picasso and Kees Van Dongen. In April, the gallery presented Abstract or not, which included works by Georges Braque, Nicolas De Staël, Raymond Hains, Alain Jacquet, Joan Mitchell, Judit Reigl, Jean-Paul Riopelle and Maria Helena Vieira da Silva. In October, the gallery presented L'Empreinte, a group show which focused on the theme of the imprint and featured a large 8 metre long mural by French/Vietnamese artist Thu-Van Tran. The exhibition also included works by Eric Baudart, Brassaï, Cai Guo-Qiang, Óscar Domínguez, Jean Dubuffet, Marcel Duchamp, Max Ernst, David Hammons, Yves Klein, Glenn Ligon, Meret Oppenheim, Wolfgang Paalen, Man Ray, Ed Ruscha, Rudolf Stingel, Thu-Van Tran and Christopher Wool.
In February 2020, the gallery opened the solo exhibition of Makoto Ofune, the artist's second show at the gallery, which included recent sculptures and paintings that were immersed in an atmosphere that invited quiet contemplation. In September, the gallery presented Nude, an exhibition exploring the role the nude has played in influencing and informing artistic production including works by Marc Chagall, Paul Delvaux, Marlene Dumas, Lucian Freud, Henri Laurens, Henry Moore and Judit Reigl.
The gallery reopened after a winter lockdown in April 2021 with the group show Back to Reality, a physical presentation of the artworks from our online viewing rooms. Artists shown included: Sam Francis, Heinz Mack, Roberto Matta, Taizo Kuroda, Sol Lewitt, Henri Laurens, Henry Moore, Judit Reigl, Ed Ruscha, Tomás Saraceno and Yves Tanguy. In the summer, the gallery opened the exhibition Five Years, which reflected the entirety of the gallery's programme, highlighting artists showcased since the launch in 2016, while looking forward through a selection of unseen works. Exhibited artists included Eric Baudart, Victor Brauner, Alexander Calder, Max Ernst, Laurent Grasso, Alain Jacquet, Wassily Kandinsky, Roberto Matta, Henry Moore, François Morellet, Makoto Ofune, Francis Picabia, Pablo Picasso and Judit Reigl. In September, the gallery presented In Absentia, a group show exploring the intermediary positions between the dichotomous concepts of 'presence' and 'absence'. The show included works by Nobuyoshi Araki, Jean Fautrier, Lucio Fontana, Sheree Hovsepian, Anish Kapoor, Jacob Kassay, Robert Longo, Adam McEwen, Makoto Ofune, Pierre Soulages, Robert Therrien and Christopher Wool.
Through his programme Olivier Malingue builds on over 20 years of expertise dealing with key pieces by internationally acclaimed masters from the 19th and 20th centuries.