Hauser & Wirth Menorca is an arts center planned to open on Isla del Rey in 2021, located in the port of Mahon in Menorca. The center’s program will span ambitious new commissions by gallery artists across all media and exhibitions of 20th-century modern masters, underpinned by a robust series of educational activities.
Isla del Rey, one of three islands in Mahon port, is home to a decommissioned naval hospital and a group of disused outbuildings built in the 18th century. Working closely with La Fundación Hospital de la Isla del Rey and the Town Hall of Mahon, Hauser & Wirth is conducting a major conservation project to sensitively repurpose the hospital’s Langara outbuildings into the arts center. The project will preserve the natural ecology of the island through native planting schemes.
Comprising an exhibition space, education program, gardens, a gallery shop, and ‘cantina’ restaurant, the 1,500 square meter space will be restored by the Paris-based, Argentinean architect Luis Laplace, a long-standing collaborator of the gallery. The internationally acclaimed landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, will create gardens in and around the arts center incorporating native species and planting suited to the Menorcan climate. Laplace and Oudolf were both instrumental in the development of Hauser & Wirth Somerset and will collaborate for this project with a group of local architects, Miquel Sintes, Minerva Sánchez and Bià Garriga, and with a landscape architect from the region, Álvaro de la Rosa.
The first exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Menorca will open to the public in 2021 and will feature a series of artists’ commissions and site-specific projects. Over the course of 2020, Isla del Rey will be a testing ground for artists’ ideas, allowing time for connections to form with the architecture, landscape and people. Hauser & Wirth Menorca’s education program will begin in 2020 to foster creativity and forge meaningful connections, both with art and between people.
The project on Isla del Rey will be developed according to the vision of Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the rural arts center in South West England that focuses on the surrounding community and connects a passion for art with education, conservation, nature, sustainability and locally sourced food.