Peter Blum Gallery Will Shutter Soho Branch

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99 Wooster Street. (Courtesy Google Maps)

On Sept. 1, Peter Blum Gallery plans to close its original location, which opened in 1993 at 99 Wooster Street in Soho, according to an e-mail announcement from the gallery. Its 3,000-square-foot exhibition space in Chelsea, on West 29th Street, which it opened in 2006, will continue to operate.

Victorinox, the purveyor of luggage and Swiss army knives, will be the new tenant, having signed a 15-year lease on the three-story building, which formerly served as a firehouse and, from 1971-1974, was home to the Gay Activists Alliance. The building has roughly 5,000 square feet of space, with an additional 2,000 square feet of basement space.

Blum, which has shown Superflex, Esther Kläs and Huma Bhabha, reopens its Chelsea gallery, after the summer break, on Sept. 13, with an exhibition by Luisa Rabbia.