Hauser & Wirth Bahnhofstrasse © Schmidlin Architekten (Images by Nightnurse Images), Stiftung Arp e.V.,Berlin/ Rolandswerth/2021, ProLitteris, Zurich
02 Sep 2021

Hans Arp Exhibition to Launch Our New Zurich Gallery at Bahnhofstrasse 1

An exhibition of works by Hans Arp titled ‘Arp: Art is a Fruit’ will launch the gallery’s new space at Bahnhofstrasse 1 on 17 September, in Zurich’s historic central cultural district. Helmed by Partner and Executive Director, James Koch, the space will focus on exhibitions by the 35 artists’ estates represented by the gallery and will be a headquarters for Hauser & Wirth’s increasing private sales activity.

Centrally located close to Lake Zurich and adjacent to the landmark Baur au Lac hotel, the conversion of the ground floor at Bahnhofstrasse 1 into a gallery space is being overseen by Swiss architectural practice, Schmidlin Architekten. The floor to ceiling windows of the ground floor gallery space create a strong street presence on the legendary Bahnhofstrasse. The new venue complements our existing galleries in Switzerland in Zurich, St. Moritz and Gstaad and the Hauser & Wirth Publishers’ HQ. In each location, the goal is to create strong, well-proportioned spaces that place the art on view at the forefront of the experience. 

‘The creation of this new space, dedicated to our artists’ estates program and private sales, enables us to shine a spotlight on works of the very highest calibre presented in the cultural heart of Zurich.’
—Iwan Wirth

Hans Arp Wachstum (Growth) 1938/1960 © Stiftung Arp e.V.,Berlin/ Rolandswerth/2021, ProLitteris, Zurich. Photo: Chris Bierl

Hans Arp Einaugkrieger (One-eyed Warrior) 1965 © Stiftung Arp e.V.,Berlin/ Rolandswerth/2021, ProLitteris, Zurich

The inaugural presentation ‘Arp: Art is a Fruit’ will display major sculptures and works on paper by the artist spanning a period from 1924 – 1965. The display explores Arp’s long-term fascination with creating artistic forms that reflect the physiological processes of procreation, germination, emergence, and growth—profoundly echoing the artist’s sentiment that is at the core of the exhibition, ‘art is a fruit’. The inaugural presentation is developed in collaboration with Stiftung Arp e.V., Berlin/Rolandswerth and follows a number of exhibitions with the gallery, including ‘Ovi Bimba’ at Hauser & Wirth Zürich in 2012 and ‘Chance – Form – Language (and a Franzwestigation)’ at Hauser & Wirth London in 2014.

Iwan Wirth says, ‘We have been looking for the ideal space in the centre of Zurich for many years and are proud to inaugurate our new gallery at Bahnhofstrasse 1 with an exhibition of Hans Arp, a titan of 20th century art. The creation of this new space, dedicated to our artists’ estates program and private sales, enables us to shine a spotlight on works of the very highest calibre presented in the cultural heart of Zurich, close to where we founded our first gallery nearly three decades ago. Hauser & Wirth Bahnhofstrasse 1 provides a window into our program of estates in the most outstanding location, perfectly complementing our existing Zurich galleries in the renowned Löwenbräu building and on Rämistrasse.’ 

The inaugural exhibition ‘Arp: Art is a Fruit’ opens at Hauser & Wirth Bahnhofstrasse 1 on 17 September 2021.

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