Iwan & Manuela Wirth

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

It’s not known what the queen thought of Matthew Day Jackson’s exhibition Pathetic Fallacy at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, but it’s testament to the Wirths’ (pictured above with us-based partner Marc Payot) connections that the British monarch paid their rural gallery a visit in March. Their unique selling point is the lifestyle to which they can o‰er collectors access: the Fife Arms in Aberdeenshire, the couple’s first excursion into hospitality, was recently named The Sunday Times Hotel of the Year 2019. That trend continued with the opening of a gallery in St Moritz last December; a bookshop in Zürich, which doubles as hq for the gallery’s publishing arm; and the announcement of a new exhibition space with a ‘robust’ education programme and a restaurant in Menorca in 2020. To fill these spaces, the gallery continues to hoover up artists: signings including Ed Clark, Annie Leibovitz, Glenn Ligon, Mika Rottenberg, Nicolas Party and the estate of John Chamberlain upped the firepower this year.