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Ropac Gallery Vies Gagosian With Cymbals, Live Horse

“Open the door and leave it like that,” Thaddaeus Ropac tells one of his 60 employees as he crosses the courtyard of his new gallery on the outskirts of Paris.

The Austrian-born dealer has just inaugurated the French capital’s biggest commercial contemporary-art space. He hopes to encourage more visitors to follow him inside, now that the French government has rejected a proposal to include artworks in calculating wealth tax.