The gallery was founded in 1966 by Daniel Templon. It first opened rue Bonaparte, in Saint Germain des Prés in Paris, before moving in 1972 to its current location, rue Beaubourg, only a 5 mn walk from the Pompidou Center (opened in 1977).
Daniel Templon first gained recognition by exhibiting conceptual and minimal artists such as Martin Barré, Christian Boltanski, Donald Judd, Joseph Kosuth, Richard Serra. In the seventies, Daniel Templon was one of the pioneers of the contemporary art and introduced many important American artists to the French public: Dan Flavin, Ellsworth Kelly, Willem de Kooning, Frank Stella, Andy Warhol. The gallery quickly became one the references in contemporary art in France.
Many artists, now part of art history, have exhibited with the gallery. In chronological order : Martin Barré, Christian Boltanski, Joseph Kosuth, Ben, Arman, César, Carl Andre, Dan Flavin, Sol LeWitt, Donal Judd, Ellsworth Kelly, Kenneth Noland, Robert Morris, Jules Olitski, Frank Stella, Olivier Mosset, Art Language, Richard Serra, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Karel Appel, Wilhem de Kooning, Helmut Newton, Francesco Clemente, Jörg Immendorff, Julian Schnabel, Lawrence Weiner, Daniel Buren, Jean-Michel Basquiat, David Salle, Robert Mappelthorpe, Robert Rauschenberg, Joel Shapiro, Keith Haring, Peter Halley, James Rosenquist, Robert Longo, Paul Rebeyrolle, Georg Baselitz, Raymond Hains, Eric Fischl, Juan Uslé, Jaume Plensa, George Condo, Ross Bleckner, Chapman brothers, Jim Dine, Richard Long, William Eggleston, Hiroshi Sugimoto, Yayoi Kusama, Richard Deacon, Larry Bell, Guillermo Kuitca, Anthony Caro.
Today the gallery represents a group of thirty international artists. The program promotes a dialogue between generations: established artists, international mid-career artists, and the cutting edge experiences of younger artists.
The gallery also provides curatorial expertise and assistance in the mounting of exhibitions by its artists in museums or international exhibitions. Many of its artists have participated in international exhibitions such as the Venice Biennale, Documenta, the Whitney Biennale etc. The gallery is involved in the production of its artists and is committed to a strong editorial policy with the publication of exhibition catalogues.
The gallery has two exhibition spaces in Paris (rue Beaubourg and Impasse Beaubourg) and one in Brussels, Belgium.
The gallery participates in art fairs worldwide, including FIAC since 1974 and ART BASEL since 1978.