Environment

22 July 2020

As a commercial gallery that relies on physically transporting artworks, we are committed to reducing our environmental impact to as near zero as possible.

In pursuit of this goal, we are working closely with Environmental Resources Management (ERM), one of the leading global providers of environmental consultancy, to reduce emissions and only offset when other options have been explored.

In 2019 we undertook a comprehensive audit of our scope 1 and 2 carbon footprint and are committed to a full offsetting program by the end of the year.

We will be announcing our first environmental strategy, Vision 2022, in the autumn. This ambitious program spans operational transformation, owned and operated carbon offsetting programs, and extended philanthropic partnerships with local and global causes.

As one of few commercial galleries operating beyond city centers, Hauser & Wirth has maintained longstanding links with conservation and ecology programs.

Garden School Foundation The Garden School Foundation turns asphalt into ecosystems by providing a wide scope of in-depth garden-based education to youth at seven different Title I schools throughout Los Angeles. These programs aim to strengthen students’ connections between food justice, environmental stewardship, and community health. Beginning in 2017, Hauser & Wirth Los Angeles partnered with the Garden School Foundation to host monthly drop-in family workshops in the garden, featuring different themes and hands-on activities that engage gallery visitors of all ages.

Conservation Project in Menorca Hauser & Wirth has collaborated with a non-profit organisation called La Fundación Hospital de la Isla del Rey and the Town Hall of Mahon to conduct a major conservation project at the Isla del Rey in Menorca to create a gallery and arts centre. Isla del Rey is  an exceptional location which combines the natural beauty of the island and surrounding harbour, fascinating historical buildings and a strong sense of community, thanks to a group of dedicated volunteers from La Fundación which started the restoration of the neighbouring Hospital building in 2005. Hauser & Wirth joins them as custodians of this special island to transform Isla del Rey into the cultural hub of Menorca. This conservation project has been guided by Luis Laplace who specialises in sensitively restoring buildings in harmony with their surroundings. The planting is designed by Piet Oudolf who has incorporated native plants into the natural landscape.

Art for Acres: Supporting Rainforest Conservation Hauser & Wirth is proud to support Art for Acres, an initiative for artists, gallerists and collectors with a mission to support large-scale land conservation. Art for Acres is an initiative built within the art community and has worked with a range of renowned contemporary artists to date, including George Condo, Rashid Johnson and Mika Rottenberg. The initiative has raised US $36 million from donations and matching funds in the past year to make a positive impact on climate, biodiversity and irreplaceable ecosystems. The gallery donated portion of its Art Basel budget (prior to the physical fair’s postponement) to the organization, and partnered with Art for Acres on Earth Day 2020 to raise funds via the sale of Jenny Holzer’s dedicated print ‘Delicately Interconnected’.