- Hauser & Wirth
- 511 West 18th Street
New York NY 10011
Opening 23 January 2013, Hauser & Wirth New York, 18th Street
New York, NY… Iwan Wirth, president and owner of Hauser & Wirth, the internationally acclaimed gallery of contemporary art and modern masters with exhibition spaces in Zurich, London and New York, announced today the company will open its second Manhattan location on 22 January 2013. Formerly home to the storied Roxy discotheque and roller rink, Hauser & Wirth’s new 24,700 square foot venue at 511 West 18th Street will feature a single vast, column-free exhibition and project space with soaring trussed ceilings – one of the largest and most dramatic art exhibition spaces in New York City. Its public opening will culminate a year of activities celebrating Hauser & Wirth’s 20th anniversary.Widely considered Europe’s most influential gallery and described as ‘a marketplace of ideas’ by the Financial Times of London, Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992.
Hauser & Wirth’s 18th Street location will be inaugurated with ‘Dieter Roth’, an ambitious presentation of masterworks by one of the most influential artists of the second half of the 20th century and a touchstone figure for many of the artists represented by the gallery today. This landmark exhibition will include some of Roth’s most important works, including ‘The Floor I (Studio floor from Mosfellsbaer, Iceland)’ from 1973 – 1992, and will feature numerous works never before presented in the United States.
In conjunction with ‘Dieter Roth’, the artist’s son and frequent collaborator Björn Roth will create a fully functioning bar for the new gallery – a tribute to his father and a continuation of an ongoing project of the 1980s and 1990s in which Roth père created working bars in numerous locations. Björn Roth’s bar will remain installed and operational indefinitely at Hauser & Wirth and is among several commissioned projects created by artists for the new venue. Among these will be a monumental long-term installation by Martin Creed, whose work will define the sweeping staircase that draws visitors up from the street to the exhibition area.
As with its locations in London and Zurich, which include an historic former bank building and an old brewery, respectively, Hauser & Wirth will maintain the original character of the 18th Street location as a unique context for experiencing art. The structure’s original wood ceilings, black steel trusses, rooftop skylights, and dramatic entry ramp are signatures of its early life as a working stable and garage. These features are being adapted and refined by architect Annabelle Selldorf of Selldorf Architects, New York, who has fashioned the venue as one column-free project room that lies at the top of a massive stair hall. She is also creating a series of private viewing rooms and offices at the north side of the facility, many with views onto the adjacent High Line. Selldorf served as architect for the gallery’s Savile Row location in London, as well as its Manhattan townhouse at 32 East 69th Street, which opened to the public in September 2009.
The new space at 18th Street will provide a grand industrial counterpoint to the intimacy of 69th Street’s domestic-scaled rooms. Together the two facilities will host a highly ambitious program of public exhibitions, projects, and events that spotlights the work of some of the most respected and challenging artists of the day, including emerging and established talents, as well as landmark artists whose estates the gallery represents.
Both New York City locations – uptown and downtown – will be under the direction of Marc Payot, partner and vice president of the gallery.