Hauser and Wirth will open their first gallery in Paris as the city’s art market continues to grow

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Hauser and Wirth is on the road again. The mega gallery announced that it will open a new space in Paris in the 8th arrondissement next year.

“We have made no secret that we have been searching for the perfect home for Hauser and Wirth in Paris for a number of years and I am delighted that the search is now over,” said gallery co-founder Iwan Wirth in a statement.

The search for a space took 15 years, gallery president Marc Payot told Artnet News. “We have been close several times. But like everything in life, the stars have to be right: the right place, the right moment, kismet.”

The gallery is the latest major player to embrace post-Brexit Paris, alongside David Zwirner, White Cube, Almine Rech and Mariane Ibrahim. But while Brexit has played a role in the broader trend, Hauser and Wirth are also operating in London, opening a new space there in 2023.

The gallery, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, now has a total of 14 galleries worldwide. It’s coming in too Publishing house called Hauser and Wirth Make and will open its second Los Angeles branch in West Hollywood this fall.

The Hauser and Wirth Gallery in Paris will occupy an entire exhibition area hotel particulier which dates back to 1877, is located at 26 rue François 1er and covers more than 8,000 square meters on four floors.

The neoclassical building on the right bank of the Seine housed La Maison Decour, a decorative arts gallery, until the 1940s. Hauser and Wirth plan to convert the space, reintroducing a two-story, 20-foot gallery on the ground floor and an additional exhibition space on the first floor. Two of the other floors will be be used as public exhibition spaces and the remaining spaces will contain viewing rooms and offices.

Hauser and Wirth Menorca on the Isla del Rey. Courtesy of Hauser and Wirth. Photo: Be creative, Menorca.

The space is being designed by Parisian architect Luis Laplace who has worked with the gallery since 2013 on projects such as a new London flagship gallery in Mayfair and the creation of an arts center on Isla del Rey in Menorca in former naval buildings and conversions of an 18th century homestead Century to the Somerset site opened in 2014.

“We have great respect for the incredible cultural community in Paris,” Wirth said, adding that “the city’s importance to artists has been undisputed for centuries and we look forward to expanding on this rich history.”

Wirth noted that many of the gallery’s artists “have already been welcomed by the Parisian art community, institutions and collectors who are very supportive of our program. In this respect, the city is a perfect match for the gallery and we cannot wait to present the first exhibitions in our beautiful new space.”

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