Hauser & Wirth

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Hauser & Wirth London, Savile Row

Hauser & Wirth is a gallery of contemporary art and modern masters, with locations in Zurich, London, New York, Somerset and Los Angeles.


Hauser & Wirth was founded in Zurich in 1992 by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser. In 1996, the gallery’s first permanent location, Hauser & Wirth Zürich, opened in the former Löwenbräu brewery building, along with other contemporary art galleries, the Kunsthalle Zürich, and the Migros Museum für Gegenwartskunst Zürich.

Hauser & Wirth opened its first London gallery on Piccadilly in 2003 with an installation by Los Angeles-based artist Paul McCarthy and, in 2010, the gallery opened a second permanent space on London’s Savile Row. The Savile Row gallery’s inaugural exhibition was the critically acclaimed ‘Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works’ curated by Germano Celant.

In 2006, Hauser & Wirth opened a new space at the historic premises of 15 Old Bond Street, shared with the UK's leading old master dealer, Colnaghi. The gallery hosted two to three twentieth century and contemporary shows each year, including exhibitions of works by Louise Bourgeois, Berlinde de Bruyckere, Subodh Gupta, Henry Moore and Francis Picabia, before the space closed in 2010. Hauser & Wirth also opened an enormous temporary project space in London's East End in 2005. Hauser & Wirth Coppermill showed exhibitions by Martin Kippenberger and Dieter and Björn Roth, Christoph Büchel and Martin Creed before it closed in July 2007.

In September 2009, the gallery inaugurated its outdoor sculpture programme in Southwood Garden, St James’s Church, London, with an exhibition by Swiss artist Josephsohn. Also in September, Hauser & Wirth opened a New York gallery in the Upper East Side of Manhattan with ‘Allan Kaprow. Yard’,[1] an Environment first made in 1961 by Allan Kaprow, the American artist known as the inventor of 'Happenings.'

In September 2010, Hauser & Wirth re-located their Zurich space to a temporary location at Hubertus Exhibitions while the Löwenbräu building was undergoing renovation (Hauser & Wirth Zürich returned to the Löwenbräu in June 2012 with an exhibition of works by Hans Arp, a founding member of the Dada movement in Zurich).

In October 2010, Hauser & Wirth London opened their new gallery, designed by Selldorf Architects, at 23 Savile Row with the exhibition, 'Louise Bourgeois: The Fabric Works'.[2][3] The new gallery offers 15,000 square feet (1,400 m2) of exhibition space and an additional 7,000 square feet (650 m2) on the first floor for new offices and an extensive library and archive. In December 2013, Hauser & Wirth closed their Piccadilly gallery permanently.

In 2013, Hauser & Wirth opened their second New York gallery at 511 West 18th Street, in what used to be the Roxy. Located on the second level of a Chelsea garage, the gallery draws visitors up a long, sweeping stairway before revealing the 10,000 sf exhibition space. Several artists contributed to the project including Björn Roth, who designed the gallery’s Roth Bar as a tribute to his father Dieter Roth; and Martin Creed, who created a custom installation for the entrance stair hall.[4]

In July 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset opened on the outskirts of Bruton in Somerset. Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a gallery and arts centre focused on a core belief in conservation, education and sustainability, and is designed around several renovated Grade II-listed historical buildings as well as two new purpose built galleries on the site of Durslade Farm. Accompanied by an extensive education programme and regular artists-in-residence, the gallery aims to share contemporary art with new audiences and to engage the public with art, the countryside and the local community. The centre also includes the Roth Bar & Grill, a restaurant for locally-sourced food run by At the Chapel, an award-winning restaurant based in Bruton. In September 2014, a landscaped garden designed for the gallery by internationally renowned landscape architect Piet Oudolf was launched, including a perennial meadow that sits behind the gallery buildings.

Zwirner & Wirth[edit]

From 2000 to 2009, Hauser & Wirth was a partner with David Zwirner in Zwirner & Wirth, located in New York. The gallery occupied the first two floors of a townhouse at 69th Street and Madison Avenue, renovated in 1999 by Annabelle Selldorf. It showed artist like Richard Tuttle and Fred Sandback,[5] as well as group shows showcasing German painting, Surrealism in the 20th century, Minimalism from the 60s and 70s, Assemblage, contemporary sculpture, German and American Pop Art, and conceptual photography. On June 21, 2009, Zwirner & Wirth closed its doors on East 69th Street and Hauser & Wirth took over all four floors of the building.[6]

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel[edit]

In 2013, Hauser & Wirth signed on as a partner with the former MOCA LA chief curator Paul Schimmel to develop a new space in Los Angeles called Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. While at MOCA, Schimmel had shown numerous artists represented by Hauser & Wirth, such as Paul McCarthy, Richard Jackson, Diana Thater, Jason Rhoades and Rachel Khedoori.[7]

Expected to open in 2015, the new gallery will be at 901 East Third Street, in a 100,000-square-foot complex in the Art District. Annabelle Selldorf will design the new gallery out of seven buildings, including a Neoclassical bank building, a five-story former flour mill and two warehouses.[8][9]


Hauser & Wirth has also partnered with publishing companies to produce publications, including Louise Bourgeois artist book, 'Nothing to Remember' (2009); Berlinde De Bruyckere's 'Schmerzenmann' (2006); and 'Maria Lassnig. The Pen is the Sister of the Brush' (2009). Recent publications include 'Hans Arp. Ovi Bimba', 'Roni Horn. Selected Drawings 1984 – 2012’, 'Guillermo Kuitca No Tomorrow', and 'Jason Rhoades. The Big Picture'.



  • Iwan Wirth has been in the top 20 of Art Review's "Power 100" from 2003 through 2014.[10]
  • Manuela and Iwan Wirth were featured in "The Power List" by Art+Auction Magazine, 2013.[11]
  • In 2012, Complex magazine listed Hauser & Wirth as number 4 on its list of the World's 100 Best Art Galleries.[12]


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