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Hayes Valley's Jules Maeght Gallery to shutter at month's end

Hayes Valley's Jules Maeght Gallery has announced its final exhibition. Entitled "à la prochaine" (French for "see you"), the exhibition will open next Friday, and run until March 23. After that, the gallery will close for good. 

Founded in 2014 by the husband-and-wife team of Jules and Amélie Maeght, the gallery at 149 Gough St. has exhibited work by renowned international artists like Alexander Calder, Joan Miró, and Ellsworth Kelly, as well as Bay Area locals ranging from author Dave Eggers to muralist Zio Ziegler.

But two months ago, the Maeghts, natives of France, decided it was time to return home.

"We have go to back to France," Jules told Hoodline. His family has owned Paris' Galerie Maeght for more than seven decades (it's currently run by his sister), and he's looking forward to getting more involved with the business, as well as a print shop he runs in France.

An interactive pumping heart installation by local artist Kal Spelletich.

But before the Maeghts return to Paris, they'll pay tribute to their five years in San Francisco with "à la prochaine." The exhibition will bring together 30 local and European artists that have previously displayed their work at the gallery.

The majority of work set to be shown is new and created specifically for the exhibition, including paintings, sculptures, installations, photography and video.

Jules is also hoping to showcase a life-sized bison sculpture, provided it can fit through the gallery's double door. "We measured it," he said, and he believes it can fit exactly. 

The future of the Gough Street space has not yet been decided yet. Jules said it's not likely that another gallery will move in, and he believes it probably won't be a restaurant or bar, either. "Maybe a furniture shop," he added.

Though Jules said he's sad to bid farewell to "the very nice neighborhood," he's eager "to thank the people that came to the gallery" for the past five years.

"à la prochaine" will open next Friday, March 8, with a reception and celebration from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. The exhibition will remain on display through March 23.

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