Hauser & Wirth is thrilled to announce the opening of its new building on 2 May, 2020, designed by Selldorf Architects, at 542 West 22nd Street in the West Chelsea Arts District.
Selldorf Architects has collaborated with Hauser & Wirth on its spaces internationally since the founding of the gallery in 1992. Earlier projects have involved the adaptive reuse of an existing building – the former Roxy roller rink on West 18th Street and an historic Upper East Side townhouse in New York City, a former brewery complex in Zurich, a landmarked bank building in London, an abandoned historic flour mill in downtown Los Angeles. In each location, the goal is always to create strong, well-proportioned spaces that place the art on view at the forefront of the visitor’s experience. Selldorf’s latest project with Hauser & Wirth on West 22nd Street in Chelsea is the first purpose-built, ground-up building for the gallery. Here, the goal is again to create a distinctive space that puts visitors in direct contact with art. Beautifully articulated, variously scaled volumes of space throughout the 36,000 square foot structure feature natural light and flexible configurations.
As in many of Hauser & Wirth’s other locations, the new building on 22nd Street will also feature permanent, site-specific artist interventions in such areas as stairways, elevators, and other spaces.
Along with the new building, Hauser & Wirth will continue to operate its galleries within the adjacent former Dia Center for the Arts building at 548 West 22nd Street that has served as Hauser & Wirth’s home in New York since 2018.
The 22nd Street gallery is home to the Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ Bookshop, which features artists’ books, limited editions and curated displays of rare and archival materials. Hauser & Wirth Publishers plays a central role in the gallery’s identity and program, and offers dozens of titles representing the Hauser & Wirth’s quarter-century history of exhibitions, projects, and research. Each publication seeks to encourage understanding about contemporary art, promoting discourse and appreciation by bringing new, sometimes overlooked, aspects of an artist’s creative practice into focus.
Adjacent to the Hauser & Wirth Publishers Bookshop is the Roth Bar, a specially crafted café and bar made from locally sourced salvaged materials, designed by Björn, Oddur and Einar Roth, son and grandsons of German-born Swiss artist Dieter Roth. The Roth Bar serves a rotating selection of cocktails and seasonal fare based on ingredients sourced from local farms.