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Power 100

Most influential people in 2020 in the contemporary artworld

31

Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth & Marc Payot

Gallerists - Major gallerists with spaces in Zürich, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset and Hong Kong

31 in 2020

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Photo: Sim Canetty-Clarke. Courtesy Hauser & Wirth

When New York’s collectors fled to the Hamptons this year, Hauser & Wirth was quick to follow, in a move that felt less like panic than business as usual: the Wirths, along with copresident Payot, have established outposts in resort towns from Gstaad to St Moritz (the couple’s Artfarm hospitality portfolio includes a London pub, a restaurant in LA and a five-star hotel in Aberdeenshire). A second exhibition space in Zürich opened in July and a five-storey space in New York in October, with another gallery, in Menorca, set to open next year – even as ArtLab, a ‘technology and research division’, is tasked with extending it into the digital sphere, which accommodates cancelled real-life art fairs and student shows, as well as the gallery’s own online exhibitions (10 percent of the profits from which go to a COVID-19 fund at the WHO). With all this going on, the appointment of Ewan Venters as CEO from royal grocer Fortnum & Mason frees up the copresidents to focus on an increasingly formidable roster, including recent additions Frank Bowling, George Condo, Nicole Eisenman, Avery Singer and the estate of Gustav Metzger.


The ArtReview Power 100 is presented by BMW Group Culture

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