Hauser & Wirth was founded in 1992 in Zurich by Iwan Wirth, Manuela Wirth and Ursula Hauser, who were joined in 2000 by Partner and Vice President Marc Payot. A family business with a global outlook, Hauser & Wirth has expanded over the past 26 years to include outposts in Hong Kong, London, New York, Los Angeles, Somerset, Gstaad and St. Moritz. The gallery represents over 80 artists and estates who have been instrumental in shaping its identity over the past quarter century, and who are the inspiration for Hauser & Wirth’s diverse range of activities that engage with art, education, conservation and sustainability.
Hauser & Wirth has built a reputation for its dedication to artists and support of visionary artistic projects worldwide. In addition to presenting a dynamic schedule of exhibitions, the gallery collaborates with renowned curators to realize museum quality surveys, and invests considerable resources in new scholarship and research. Since its earliest days, the gallery has forged an academically rigorous, ambitious program of historic exhibitions. Hauser & Wirth has extensive experience in estate management, and is the home of a number of major 20th-century European and American artist estates including Louise Bourgeois, Arshile Gorky Estate, The Estate of Philip Guston, The Eva Hesse Estate, Allan Kaprow Estate, Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts, The Estate of Jason Rhoades, Dieter Roth Estate and The Estate of David Smith, among others.
Hauser & Wirth is also a publisher specialising in books on modern and contemporary art and has published over 100 titles since 1992. Hauser & Wirth's publishing activity consists of monographs, artists' books, historic exhibition catalogues, collections of artists' writings and catalogues raisonnés. ‘Hauser & Wirth 20 Years’, a publication documenting the gallery’s history, received an award for ‘Most Outstandingly Produced Book’ at the Spear’s Book Awards 2013.