Iwan & Manuela Wirth

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

Combining a nose for important artists with an understanding of art collecting as a lifestyle is key to the Wirths’ gallery strategy. Fondazione Piero Manzoni and the August Sander estate were added to Hauser & Wirth’s roster this year; living artists joining the gallery include Jack Whitten and Geta Brātescu. The latter was just one of several of their artists with pavilions at the Venice Biennale, alongside Phyllida Barlow and Mark Bradford; and then there was the not-to-be-missed show of Philip Guston’s paintings at Accademia. Former Centre Pompidou curator Florence Derieux was recently appointed director of exhibitions, somewhat compensating for the moment in February when Hauser Wirth & Schimmel in LA suddenly became plain old Hauser & Wirth. Looking east, a Hong Kong space is to come, alongside offices in Beijing and Shanghai. The pair are also renovating a boutique hotel in Braemar, Scotland, no doubt to be filled with work by their artists – as is the guesthouse at their gallery in Bruton, Somerset.