Hauser & Wirth Menorca is an arts center on Isla del Rey in Menorca, which will open on 17 July 2021. The center’s program will span ambitious new commissions by gallery artists across all media and exhibitions of 20th-century modern masters. Comprising an exhibition space, a garden, an outdoor sculpture trail, a gallery shop, and the restaurant ‘Cantina’, the 1,500 square meter space will forge meaningful connections with art, education, conservation, and food.
Isla del Rey, a fifteen-minute ride from Mahon port by shuttle boat, is home to a decommissioned naval hospital and a group of disused outbuildings built in the 18th century. Working closely with the Fundación Hospital de la Isla del Rey and the Town Hall of Mahon, Hauser & Wirth has conducted a major conservation project to sensitively repurpose the hospital’s Langara outbuildings into the arts center.
The restoration project has been led by Paris-based, Argentinean architect Luis Laplace, a long-standing collaborator of the gallery, in collaboration with a group of local architects. The internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, has created gardens in and around the arts center incorporating native species and planting suited to the Menorcan climate.
With education and sustainability at its core, Hauser & Wirth is developing a robust series of educational activities to engage both the local community and visitors with contemporary art through screenings, talks, and workshops. Local partnerships include Menorca Preservation Fund, which supports environmental initiatives in the island, and local vineyard and restaurant Binifadet, who will run ‘Cantina’ sourcing seasonal produce.