Founded in 2018, Hauser and Wirth Institute is a nonprofit, private foundation dedicated to transforming the field of artists’ archives by nurturing equity and innovation and increasing access to archives. The recipients of their latest round of funding are organizations that build, activate, and generate public engagement with artists’ archives.

Throughout October, Hauser & Wirth held events for The Big Draw Festival 2022 across 8 of our locations around the world. Chillida Leku, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Menorca, Monaco, Somerset and Zurich all offered free creative activities for families, schools and communities that engaged with drawing and responded to the collective theme ‘Come Back to Colour’. The theme invited participants to rediscover the vitality and vibrancy in everyone’s lives after what has been a challenging few years.

On the corner of Mayfair’s Mount Street and South Audley Street, The Audley Public House and Mount St. Restaurant have opened their doors. This major restoration project by Artfarm has resulted in a new London pub and fine dining restaurant unlike any others, featuring an array of artist interventions and artworks woven throughout their interiors. Formerly operating as pub with rooms for staff, the listed building was first a hotel, built in 1888 and designed by Thomas Verity, the man responsible for the exterior of the pavilion at Lord’s Cricket Ground.

The Performance Project in Los Angeles

Encompassing music, dance, film, readings and public conversations, The Performance Project will showcase performing arts visionaries, both local and global, with a special focus on greater visibility for BIPOC and LGBTQ+ voices.

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As part of our learning program, Hauser & Wirth has extended its partnership with South London Gallery for another year. This partnership was initiated in 2020 with a schools’ program responding to the difficulties that schools faced during and since the pandemic in accessing art gallery spaces and creative workshops. We will now also support South London Gallery’s youth group Art Assassins and the newly launched Making Sense initiative, a creative partnership between South London Gallery and University of the Arts London, alongside support from A New Direction and the RSA. The program brings together young people, educators and researchers to explore themes of inclusion and anti-racism through youth-led creative collectives, teacher training, conversations and resources. This initiative provides Hauser & Wirth with the opportunity to collaborate, to share and to extend the reach of our own learning program, making art accessible to all young people.

We are honored to announce worldwide representation of renowned American artist Pat Steir. Among the great innovators of contemporary painting, with a lifelong commitment to drawing and printmaking, Steir first came to prominence in the late 1970s and early 1980s for her iconographic canvases and immersive wall drawings. By the late 1980s, her inventive approach to painting—the rigorous pouring technique seen in her Waterfall works, in which she harnessed the forces of gravity and gesture to achieve works of astonishing lyricism—attracted substantial critical acclaim. Informed by a deep engagement with art history and Eastern philosophy, and a passion for artistic advocacy in the both the visual and literary realms, Steir’s storied five-decade career ­­continues to reach new heights through an intrepid commitment to material exploration and experimentation.

To celebrate our new exhibitions at Hauser & Wirth in New York, we will hold two days of public events on 10 & 17 September to connect with the local community, highlight the release of exciting new publications from our artists, expand the discourse around each new body of work and activate the spaces at 542 West 22nd Street through performance and a return to in person programming.

Alongside the gallery buildings and immersed in the natural landscape of Illa del Rei, works by Spanish masters Joan Miró and Eduardo Chillida feature together with landmark sculptures by Louise Bourgeois, Franz West, Camille Henrot and a new sculpture by Martin Creed, presented for the first time by the sea in Mahon’s harbour.

Hauser & Wirth Somerset is firmly embedded in the local community and rural landscape of Somerset. Since its launch in 2014, the arts center has supported and worked in partnership with many institutions, businesses and organizations in the South West, raising over £150,000 for local charities.

Following an open call to Spanish universities, this year’s Education Lab at Hauser & Wirth Menorca has been created as part of a post-graduate student residency. The participants have worked with the gallery community and local entities to conceptualize a learning space and program that run alongside Rashid Johnson’s exhibition ‘Sodade.’

As reported in ARTNews, Hauser & Wirth Education Lab LA is a new creative education initiative for students from a local high school based in Downtown Los Angeles. The two-part project features workshops led by a team of arts professionals at the gallery and a visual arts project created by the students in collaboration with Los Angeles-based artist Mark Bradford, which opened to the public on 16 July and will remain on view through 18 September. The first Education Lab LA initiative recognizes Bradford’s partnership with the Los Angeles-based, international non-profit, PILAglobal, an organization that offers innovative education to children who live in refugee camps, migrant shelters, or in abject poverty through the creation of ‘Nests,’ or early learning spaces.

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Art for Acres: Supporting Rainforest Conservation

We are proud to support Art for Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation.

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As part of our ongoing commitment to facilitating dialogue and disseminating information with the global art community, ‘Sustainability In Action’ will provide a dynamic platform for action-focused industry collaboration, dialogue and knowledge sharing. The line up of speakers includes artist Pipilotti Rist, Artists Commit; Art/Switch; Art to Acres; Christie’s; ClientEarth; Kate MacGarry; Frances Morris, Tate Modern; Gallery Climate Coalition; Hospital Rooms; KiCulture; Paul Tukey of Glenstone Museum and Superflex. Taking place on Friday 15 July 2022, the day-long conference will be a hybrid, digital and in real life event, uniting international arts sustainability networks, hosted by Hauser & Wirth CEO Ewan Venters and chaired by art writer, broadcaster and The Art Newspaper correspondent, Louisa Buck.

We are pleased to announce our plans to open a new gallery in Paris, situated on the right bank of the River Seine close to the Champs-Élysées in the 8th arrondissement. Occupying an entire hôtel particulier dating from 1877, the gallery at 26 bis rue François 1er will cover 800 square meters over four floors. The neo-classical building formerly housed La Maison Decour, a decorative arts gallery, until the 1940s. The conversion of the space will reinstate the double-height, six-meter-tall ground floor gallery with a further exhibition space on the first floor. As in Hauser & Wirth’s existing locations, we will establish meaningful partnerships to create an inclusive learning program as an integral part of the gallery’s program in Paris.

Hauser & Wirth is pleased to announce the first US exhibition of the gallery’s UK-based initiative Make Hauser & Wirth, which was launched in Somerset, England, in 2018 to present exceptional contemporary handcrafted design by leading artist-makers from around the world. On view from 2 July in Southampton on the East End of Long Island, ‘Of Making and Material’ will comprise exceptional works informed by the respective creators’ intimate understanding of their chosen materials—from wood, ceramics, and metal to glass and concrete—and mastery of methods rooted in tradition or pioneering new techniques. Together, the objects on view celebrate dedication to knowledge, process, and experimentation.

This summer at Hauser & Wirth Somerset we are celebrating our inaugural Education Lab in partnership with Arts University Bournemouth (AUB), open to the public from 28 May until 4 September 2022. The Education Lab is part of the gallery’s commitment to inclusive learning programs that instigate a dialogue between art, artists and a diverse audience. Designed to support students by offering a short period of professional experience in our Somerset gallery, the initiative gives visibility to creative approaches to collaborative learning and mentoring.

An exhibition of works by Joan Miró, titled ‘Miró en Zabalaga,’ will open on 21 May 2022, paying tribute to Miró and the friendship that bound him to Eduardo Chillida. Continuing the Basque museum's initiative of inviting the great contemporary peers—who contribute to enrich and contextualize the San Sebastian artist’s legacy—the exhibition will be displayed on the first floor of the Zabalaga farmhouse at Chillida Leku, the building itself is the starting point for the selection of works that cover the 1946-1982 period.

Hauser & Wirth have been a key supporter of Hospital Rooms over the past three years through annual auctions that have collectively raised over £200,000. The gallery is now solidifying its partnership with Hospital Rooms through a new commitment to the organization until 2025 that will raise £1 million for the charity.

In 2020, Amy Sherald painted the portrait of Breonna Taylor for the historic cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Renowned for her documentation of the contemporary Black experience, Sherald always intended for the work to live beyond the date of the September 2020 issue, and to contribute to causes of social justice. The acquisition of the painting by the Ford Foundation and the Hearthland Foundation in 2021 enabled her to realize both.

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