Iwan & Manuela Wirth

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

Hauser & Wirth recently continued their marriage of hospitality and art (the pair are currently refurbishing a hotel in Scotland) by announcing a new gallery in the Swiss ski resort of St Moritz. This year, however, was about their eighth space, in Hong Kong, which was inaugurated by a show of Mark Bradford in March. The global real estate helps in the gallery’s never-ending race for new artists: Charles Gaines, Amy Sherald (fresh from completing the official portrait of Michelle Obama) and Zeng Fanzhi (who held simultaneous shows in Zürich, London and Hong Kong) joined the stable. Estates are also big business for the duo, and they struck deals with the descendants of Eduardo Chillida, Alina Szapocznikow and Günther Förg. All of which gives them the cash to take risks: be it supporting Christoph Büchel’s controversial bid to preserve the prototypes of Donald Trump’s Mexican border wall as national monuments, or staging a show of collector Sylvio Perlstein’s entire holdings.