Hauser & Wirth

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Hauser & Wirth
HWSO grounds.jpg
Established 1992
Location Switzerland
Type Art Gallery, Modern Art, Contemporary Art
Founder Iwan Wirth
Manuela Wirth
Ursula Hauser

Hauser & Wirth is a Swiss art gallery specialising in contemporary and modern art. It was founded by Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser in 1992, and has spaces in Zurich, in London and Somerset in the United Kingdom, and in New York and Los Angeles in the United States. The Financial Times has called it "the marketplace of ideas".[1]


The former Löwenbräu brewery in Zürich, Switzerland
The Midland Bank building by Sir Edwin Lutyens at 196A Piccadilly, built 1922–1923, photographed in 2010

Hauser & Wirth has three exhibition spaces in the former Löwenbräu Zürich (de) brewery building in Zürich, in Switzerland.[2]

The gallery opened a branch in London in 2003.[3] It was housed in the old Midland Bank building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens and built in 1922–1923.[4] In 2013 it was one of the spaces used for a non-selling show of works from the collection of Reinhard Onnasch, curated by Paul Schimmel.[5]

In September 2009, the gallery opened a New York branch in the former Martha Jackson Gallery townhouse on 32 East 69th Street, in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where in 1961 Allan Kaprow created his installation Yard. The first show in the new gallery was a re-creation of the work by William Pope.L.[6] Another New York space was opened in 2013 in a 1930s garage and stable building on 511 West 18th Street.[7][8]

In 2014, Iwan Wirth opened a branch of the gallery at his home in England, a farm near Bruton in Somerset, with a restaurant and a garden landscaped by Piet Oudolf behind the gallery buildings. The first show was of work by Phyllida Barlow.[9][10][11]

In 2015, the gallery began construction on a new building, designed by Annabelle Selldorf, at 542 West 22nd Street in New York.[12]

In March 2016, in partnership with Paul Schimmel, the gallery opened a branch in a former flour mill at 901 East 3rd Street in Los Angeles, California,[13] and in March 2018 it opened a branch in the H Queen's building in Hong Kong.[14]

A book on the gallery, Hauser & Wirth: 20 Years by Michaela Unterdörfer, received an award for "most outstandingly produced book" at the Spear's Book Awards in 2013.[15][16]


  1. ^ Peter Aspden (9 November 2007). All roads lead to the marketplace for ideas. Financial Times. Accessed August 2018.
  2. ^ Rachel Spence (13 June 2017). Zurich Art Weekend 2017: wild swimming and well-mannered art. The Financial Times. Accessed March 2018.
  3. ^ Georgina Adam (27 February 2010). Hauser & Wirth’s latest expansion. Financial Times. Archived 22 June 2016.
  4. ^ Adrian Searle (4 November 2003). Not suitable for children. Or adults. The Guardian. Accessed August 2018.
  5. ^ "Hauser & Wirth shows fine works from the Onnasch collection". Financial Times. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Johnson, Ken (September 9, 2009). "Changing Un-Art's Tires". New York Times. p. AR82. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  7. ^ Douglas, Saara (January 26, 2012). "Hauser & Wirth to Open 23,000-Square-Foot Space on West 18th Street, in Chelsea". New York Observer. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Smith, Roberta (February 7, 2013). "Large Visions in a Large Space – 'Dieter Roth. Björn Roth' at Hauser & Wirth". New York Times. p. C25. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  9. ^ Brown, Mark (July 11, 2014). "Gallery in a Somerset farmyard is a slow lane in the art world rat race". The Guardian. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  10. ^ "Art gallery Hauser & Wirth sets up a space in a Somerset farm". Financial Times. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  11. ^ Lynes, Andy (October 21, 2014). "The 25 best places for brunch". The Times. Retrieved 24 June 2015. 
  12. ^ Bowley, Graham (February 19, 2015). "Chairman of Phillips Sees Major Changes in Auctions". New York Times. p. C20. Retrieved 25 June 2015. 
  13. ^ Christopher Knight (10 March 2016). The radical and politically potent opening show at DTLA's new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel. Los Angeles Times. Accessed March 2018.
  14. ^ Melanie Gerlis (23 March 2018). H Queen's: the gallery space Hong Kong was waiting for. The Financial Times. Accessed March 2018.
  15. ^ Spear's Book Awards 2013. Spear's. Archived 21 June 2014.
  16. ^ Michaela Unterdörfer (2013). Hauser & Wirth: 20 Years. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz. ISBN 9783775735124.

Coordinates: 47°27′45″N 9°07′13″E / 47.4625°N 9.1203°E / 47.4625; 9.1203