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Best of the Best 2016: Home | Art: Hauser Wirth & Schimmel

Occupying nearly a full city block of downtown L.A., the gallery boasts 30,000 square feet of space...

Los Angeles’s biggest and brightest new gallery proves that the day of the sterile, white-box art space is over. A visit to the 116,000-square-foot Hauser Wirth & Schimmel is like a trip to a small museum; beyond the gallery walls, visitors are encouraged to linger at a bookstore, a courtyard, and, opening this summer, a restaurant. The gallery’s inaugural exhibition—of abstract works by an all-female cast of big-name artists—ensures that art, however innovatively presented, remains at the fore.  

Dynamic Duo 

Iwan and Manuela Wirth, the owners of Hauser & Wirth, have time and again broken new ground in the art world with their innovative galleries and all-star roster of artists. In 1992, Iwan cofounded the company in Zurich with the Swiss retailing magnate Ursula Hauser. He later married Hauser’s daughter, Manuela, and together the couple currently runs six spaces, including a converted brewery in Zurich, a former roller-skating rink in New York, and a renovated farmhouse in Somerset, England. With the March opening of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, the Wirths have once again created a revolutionary space where art and life are in perfect balance.  

  • Hauser Wirth & Schimmel—the sixth outpost from the art-world powerhouse Hauser & Wirth—is the result of a partnership with Paul Schimmel, the former chief curator of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art.
  • Occupying nearly a full city block of downtown L.A., the gallery boasts 30,000 square feet of exhibition space. 
  • The gallery’s renovation of a former flour mill was overseen by architect Annabelle Selldorf.
  • More than 6,000 visitors attended the gallery’s opening on March 6.

Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, hauserwirthschimmel.com 

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