Blain Southern, which was founded in London in 2010, announced in February that it would close its entire operation amid financial troubles. Its former Mayfair location is 8,600 square feet, more than double the size of Pace’s Burlington location. Pace has enlisted Jamie Fobert Architects to renovate its main-floor galleries and basement. The plans include adding 1,000 square feet of exhibition space and creating a venue in the basement capable of accommodating experimental programming.
“We want to tear down the [metaphorical] velvet ropes and make the whole thing more open and interactive. You can’t really do that when you’re in someone else’s museum,” Marc Glimcher, the president and CEO of Pace, told the Financial Times.