In 1999, Kamel Mennour heard a lease was available in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés in Paris. The Parisian scene wasn’t so global at that time, so he looked for photographers that were internationally recognized but underexposed in France (Pierre Molinier, Larry Clark, Alberto García-Alix, Martin Parr, Roger Ballen, Stephen Shore and Annie Leibovitz). As Kamel Mennour was always interested in a diverse spectrum of contemporary artistic practice, the evolution of the gallery to encompass other mediums was a natural one.
The gallery is now representing over 40 artists and estates and program across 4 various locations. Each space offers something different and having multiple locations allows for more opportunities and flexibility. Rue Saint-André-des-Arts is in a 17th century town house set around a courtyard layered with history, with an exceptional natural light. Rue du Pont de Lodi is an industrial gem with a spectacular high glass roof and suits large-scale installations and monumental sculpture. Avenue Matignon allows to be part of the cultural dynamic in the 8th arrondissement. London is a major cultural capital where art audiences congregate.
Since 1999, Kamel Mennour has presented in his three Parisian spaces (47 rue Saint-André des Arts, 6 rue du Pont de Lodi and 28 Avenue Matignon) the works of thirty contemporary, young and internationally-acclaimed artists; and opened in 2016 a fourth venue in London's Mayfair neighborhood at 51 Brook Street.
Kamel Mennour supports numerous projects of these artists in France and abroad, and collaborates with major international institutions such as the Centre Pompidou, the Musée d’Art moderne de la ville de Paris, the Palais of Tokyo, the Palace of Versailles, the Tate Modern, the Guggenheim, the MoMA, the Dia Foundation, the Pushkin Museum and the Martin Gropius Bau. He also encourages research work, through the publication of monographs, collective catalogs and the organization of debates and panels involving artists, critics and curators. Since 2014, Kamel Mennour has asserted his philanthropic commitment by supporting the Imagine Institute for Research on Genetic Diseases, by organizing exceptional charity sales "Heroes for Imagine".
Artists represented: Neil Beloufa, Hicham Berrada, Mohamed Bourouissa, Marie Bovo, Daniel Buren, Pier Paolo Calzolari, Valentin Carron, Jake & Dinos Chapman, Latifa Echakhch, Liam Everett, Michel François, Alberto Garcia-Alix, Alberto Giacometti, Douglas Gordon, Petrit Halilaj, Camille Henrot, David Hominal, Huang Yong Ping, Alfredo Jaar, Cameron Jamie, Ann Veronica Janssens, Anish Kapoor, Tadashi Kawamata, Alicja Kwade, Bertrand Lavier, Lee Ufan, Claude Lévêque, Matthew Lutz-Kinoy, François Morellet, Pierre Molinier, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Gina Pane, Martin Parr, Philippe Parreno, Martial Raysse, Robin Rhode, Ugo Rondinone, Zineb Sedira, Shen Yuan, Tatiana Trouvé, Zao Wou Ki.