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Iwan and Manuela Wirth and Marc Payot on the rooftop of Hauser & WIrth New York, 22nd Street, February 2020
01 Apr 2020

Introducing #artforbetter

Launching with donation to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for World Health Organization (WHO)

Months ago we could never have imagined the challenges the world is currently facing. As we continue to respond to this changing reality—pulling together in mutual support while staying far apart—we are proud to announce the creation of #artforbetter. Through this new philanthropic initiative we will provide charitable support in response to both global and local causes.

As our first action under the umbrella of #artforbetter, we will be donating ten percent of profits from our online exhibition program to the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO, starting with George Condo’s upcoming online exhibition ‘Drawings for Distanced Figures,’ opening Friday 3 April 2020. Future online exhibitions include solo presentations of new works by Lorna Simpson and Rashid Johnson.

A message from Rajesh Mirchandani, UN Foundation, COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund, about Hauser & Wirth’s #artforbetter initiative, supporting the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for the World Health Organization

‘In discussions with the Hauser & Wirth family, including our artists, over these past difficult weeks, it became clear that these critical times demand a charitable response,’ says Iwan Wirth. ‘We see ourselves as members of a worldwide community, and our support of the World Health Organization is a way to participate in an immediate humanitarian effort that supersedes borders.’

The WHO’s COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund is a global effort helping countries to prevent, detect, and respond to the coronavirus pandemic, in order to ensure all nations are prepared, especially those with the weakest health care systems.

’Our new initiative #artforbetter is now a central part of our longstanding philanthropic framework at the gallery,’ Iwan Wirth explains, ‘and it will reach beyond this moment. We are developing major projects to launch in the mid- and long-term for the communities in which we play an active role.’

Learn more about the WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund at World Health Organization.
WHO COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund

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