Iwan & Manuela Wirth

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

If last year was all about pulling on the wellies and trekking down to the southwest of England to Hauser & Wirth Somerset, the gallery’s countryside art centre, then in 2016 the couple’s attentions were directed towards the less bucolic environs of Los Angeles. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, a partnership with former MOCA chief curator Paul Schimmel, opened in March with Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947–2016 spread across the 2,200sqm exhibition space (the rest of the converted industrial space – 9,300sqm in total – houses a bookshop, a gallery space for Hauser & Wirth’s publishing outfit and a restaurant called Manuela). Women have dominated the exhibition programme since, with solo shows for Maria Lassnig and Isa Genzken (as well as a rehang of Schwitters Miró Arp, an exhibition originally staged at Hauser & Wirth Zürich during the Dada centenary celebrations in Switzerland this summer). This museum-like approach – the historic shows, the partnering with Schimmel, the educational programme (the cafés!) – has won them admirers, not least among the heirs of various canonical artists. This year Hauser & Wirth announced representation of two more major estates: those of Arshile Gorky and Lygia Pape (a selection of whose greatest hits they presented in one of the London spaces this autumn). Next year gallery artists Mark Bradford and Phyllida Barlow will be occupying the American and British pavilions at the Venice Biennale, and later this year the gallery temporarily takes over the former Dia Art Foundation building in New York (retaining its East 69th Street space but replacing West 18th Street) while building an equally vast new gallery next door, set to open in 2018.