Iwan Wirth

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Iwan Wirth
Born 1970
Zurich, Switzerland[1]
Nationality Swiss
Occupation gallery owner
Years active 1990 to present
Known for Hauser & Wirth

Iwan Wirth (born 1970) is president and co-founder of Hauser & Wirth, a Swiss contemporary art gallery.[2]

Early life[edit]

Iwan Wirth was born in 1970[2] and spent his early life in St. Gallen, Switzerland,[3] where his father was an architect and his mother was a schoolteacher.[4] Wirth opened a commercial gallery when he was sixteen,[5] and he began working as a private dealer in Zurich starting in 1990.[6] He and his current wife opened the Hauser & Wirth gallery in 1992, which was financed by Hauser's mother.[7]

Other businesses[edit]

In 2014, Wirth opened an arts complex adjacent to their home in Somerset called Durslade Farm, which includes the restaurant the Roth Bar & Grill, and a guesthouse hotel in the Durslade Farmhouse. The public garden onsite is designed by Piet Oudolf.[7] He later purchased a hotel in Braemar, in Aberdeenshire in Scotland;[8][9] He is also part-owner of ‘Manuela’, a restaurant at the Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles.[10]


In 2015, Iwan Wirth and his wife were ranked number 1 on ArtReview's list of ‘most powerful and influential figures in the art world’.[11][12] In 2012, Wirth and his wife endowed a senior lecturer position in modern and contemporary Asian art for the Courtauld Institute of Art in London.[13] In 2015, Iwan and Manuela Wirth were both awarded honorary doctorates by Bath Spa University.[14]


  1. ^ Ergebnis der Suche nach: nid=104170965X (in German). Leipzig; Frankfurt am Main: Deutscher Nationalbibliothek. Accessed February 2018.
  2. ^ a b Nick Clark (23 October 2015). Iwan Wirth: A creative pirate who shares his treasures. The Independent. Accessed August 2018.
  3. ^ Milner, Catherine (2010-10-11). "Iwan Wirth: the dealer who's bigger than Saatchi". ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  4. ^ Rawsthorn, Alice. "The Dealer". Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  5. ^ "Iwan Wirth: A creative pirate who shares his treasures". The Independent. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  6. ^ "The Constant Gardener: Iwan Wirth's Hauser & Wirth Gallery Will Open a 15,000-Plus-Square-Foot Space Downtown This Year". Observer. 2012-01-17. Retrieved 2018-10-04.
  7. ^ a b "The Gentlewoman – Manuela Wirth". thegentlewoman.co.uk. Retrieved 2018-10-05.
  8. ^ "'Art world royalty' bring investment to Braemar". Retrieved 31 August 2018.
  9. ^ Klingelfuss, Jessica (23 April 2018). "Art dealers Iwan and Manuela Wirth to open hotel in Scottish highlands". Wallpaper*. Retrieved 4 October 2018.
  10. ^ Harris, Jenn (4 March 2016). "Manuela, the restaurant inside the new Hauser Wirth & Schimmel arts complex downtown". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 28 September 2017.
  11. ^ "We Broke Down ArtReview's Power 100 by Race, Gender, Profession, and Place of Birth". Artsy. November 2, 2017.
  12. ^ "Hans Ulrich Obrist tops ArtReview power list". BBC. October 20, 2016.
  13. ^ "How to give it: Iwan Wirth". FT.com. 10 February 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2018.
  14. ^ "Special honours at Bath Spa University graduation ceremonies". Bath Spa University. 21 July 2015. Archived from the original on 7 September 2015. Retrieved 28 September 2017.