Hauser and Wirth is on the move yet again. The mega-gallery announced it will open a new space in Paris next year, in the 8th arrondissement.
“We have made no secret that we have been looking for the perfect home for Hauser and Wirth in Paris for some years and I’m delighted that the search is now over,” gallery co-founder Iwan Wirth said in a statement.
The hunt for a space went on for 15 years, gallery president Marc Payot told Artnet News. “We’ve been close several times. But like everything in life, the stars must align: the right site, the right moment, kismet.”
The gallery is the latest major player to embrace Paris in the wake of Brexit, alongside David Zwirner, White Cube, Pace, and Mariane Ibrahim. But while Brexit has played a role in the broader trend, Hauser and Wirth also operates in London and is opening a new space there in 2023.
The gallery, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, now counts a total of 14 galleries worldwide. It also runs a publishing arm called Hauser and Wirth Make and, in the fall, will open its second Los Angeles space, in West Hollywood.
The Hauser and Wirth Paris gallery will occupy an entire hôtel particulier that dates from 1877, at 26 bis rue François 1er, comprising more than 8,000 square feet across four floors.
The neoclassical building, situated on the right bank of the Seine, was home to La Maison Decour, a decorative art gallery, until the 1940s. Hauser and Wirth plans to convert the space and reintroduce a double-height, 20-foot-tall-ground floor gallery, as well as an additional exhibition space on the first floor. Two of the other floors will be used as public exhibition spaces and the remaining spaces will contain viewing rooms and offices.
The space will be designed by Paris architect Luis Laplace who has worked with the gallery since 2013 on projects including a new London flagship gallery in Mayfair and the creation of an art center on Isla del Rey in Menorca in former naval buildings, as well as conversion of an 18th-century farmstead into the Somerset location that opened in 2014.
“We have a deep respect for the incredible cultural community in Paris,” said Wirth, adding that the city’s “importance for artists is undisputed over the centuries and we look forward to adding to this rich history.”
Wirth noted that many of the gallery’s artists “have already been embraced by the Parisian art community, institutions and collectors who are very supportive of our program. In this respect, the city is a natural fit for the gallery and we can’t wait to present the first exhibitions in our beautiful new space.”
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