Watch now Iwan and Manuela Wirth, Luis Laplace, Piet Oudolf and other key figures tell the story of our art center on Illa del Rei.
Illa del Rei, a beautiful island in Mahon harbor, is home to Hauser & Wirth Menorca where art exhibitions, events, and learning activities connect with the local community and landscape.
Our Menorca art center is currently closed and will reopen in spring 2023.
Menorca’s libraries host our books and learning events this winter. Read more here.
We’re temporarily closed and look forward to welcoming you back in spring 2023.
For private parking in Mahon, we recommend using the Fish Market’s underground car park, Sa Sínia des Cuc or Es Freginal. Please use the app Telpark so you can extend your parking if needed.
To park by the ferry or along the seafront, please use the app Elparking.
Hauser & Wirth Menorca presents an outdoor sculpture trail featuring works by Martin Creed, Camille Henrot, Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Joan Miró and Franz West.
Hauser & Wirth Menorca’s restaurant is a lively eatery focusing on local produce, run by Bodegas Binifadet. With a stunning location on Isla del Rey, this ‘sea bistro’ offers a menu which pays homage to Menorcan cuisine, to be enjoyed under the shade of an olive-tree forest. The menu features seasonal sharing plates of vegetables, seafood, fish and grilled meat, as well as a great selection of wines.
Cantina opens daily from 10 am to 11.30 pm.
A garden designed by Piet Oudolf runs alongside the gallery buildings incorporating native perennials and planting suited to the climate. A matrix of graceful low growing grasses leads to various types of bright shrubs in a sustainable garden that enhances the ever-changing experience of the Mediterranean landscape.
Accompanying the Rashid Johnson exhibition ‘Sodade’ is an Education Lab, resulting from a residency for post-graduate students following an open call distributed to Spanish universities. Working with the gallery community and local entities from April to July, the residency has resulted in an engagement project alongside the exhibition in this year’s Education Lab.
The Education Lab features an installation of drawings hanging from the ceiling; the result of the workshops with over 350 participants from multiple learning institutions, including schools, the local Foundation for People with Disabilities, day care centers; as well as from workshops in public spaces. In these workshops, led by the residents, participants were asked to make drawings to represent the emotions they felt when listening to the song ‘Sodade’ by Cesária Évora, after which the exhibition is titled. An active drawing space and an engagement program taking place for the duration of the exhibition encourage visitors to engage with the themes of Johnson’s exhibition.
The European Commission and Europa Nostra have announced the 2022 winners of the European Heritage Awards / Europa Nostra Awards, funded by the EU Creative Europe program. Among this year’s winners is Illa del Rei, in the Conservation & Adaptive Reuse category.
The restoration and revitalization of Illa del Rei is the result of a fruitful collaboration between Fundació de l’Hospital de l’Illa del Rei, established in 2004 by local volunteers, who restored the naval hospital and turned it into a museum, and Hauser & Wirth—joining them to restore and sensitively repurpose the Langara outbuildings as an art space.
Hauser & Wirth Menorca is an art centre combining art, education and conservation on the natural setting of Illa del Rei, an island in Mahon harbour. The art centre presents an exhibition programme spanning ambitious new commissions by gallery artists across all media. Following a conservation project, Hauser & Wirth sensitively repurposed the existing 18th century outbuildings of a naval hospital, which opened in 2021 and welcomed over 58,000 visits during the first season.
The conservation project at Hauser & Wirth Menorca has been led by Laplace, who has sensitively repurposed the existing historic outbuildings into a 1,500 sq.m. art centre.
The conservation project enhances the history and naval qualities of the building, and has been recognised by Wallpaper* as ‘2022 Best Art Destination’ in their annual design awards, by Architectural Digest as a ‘2022 Work of Wonder’, the European Heritage Award 2022, the DNA Paris Design Award, and nominated by IDA Design Awards, Créateurs Design Awards and 2021 Best of Year Awards.
We support Menorca Preservation, a non-profit which in 2021 has gathered funds for 17 local initiatives on sea preservation, sustainable agricultural development and renewable energies. We have joined the Plastic Free Menorca Commitment and fight against single-use plastic.
Sustainability measures on the island include rain-water collection protocols to reuse the water for ground irrigation, reverse osmosis water treatment, and energy efficient climate control systems for the buildings.
In collaboration with local authorities, Laplace has restored the outdoor corridor leaving grooves across the building and outdoor shelters in which the native species of lizard, ‘Podarcis lilfordi Balearica’, find shelter.
Learn more about sustainability globally here.