Anny Shaw reports in the Art Newspaper that the gallery Hauser & Wirth—which has several spaces in the US, a couple in the UK, and another in Zürich—is adding a new branch, in Hong Kong, due to open next spring. Planned for the new H Queen’s development, Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong will occupy the fifteenth and sixteenth floors of a building designed by William Lim of CL3, along with other galleries including David Zwirner, Pace, and Pearl Lam. Architect Annabelle Selldorf, who has helmed the renovation of six Hauser & Wirth galleries in Zürich, London, Somerset, New York, and Los Angeles, will design the new 10,000-square-foot space.
Additionally, the gallery will also have offices in Shanghai and Beijing as of next month. Of the development, dealer Iwan Wirth noted: “Hong Kong’s multicultural spirit makes it an ideal base for connecting with the rest of Asia. Shanghai has a diverse and dynamic arts scene, and Beijing’s proximity to government and infrastructure makes it an important cultural hub and powerhouse of the future.” He added that he spent two years researching “the most appropriate ways” to expand in this region, “to become a fully present part of the art scene in China and engage meaningfully.” Hauser & Wirth currently represents one Chinese artist, Zhang Enli, although Wirth also said he intends to add more Chinese and Asian artists to their list.
A schedule of exhibitions for the new space has yet to be announced. Hauser & Wirth Hong Kong will be codirected by Vanessa Guo, who came from Christie’s in early 2016, and Lihsin Tsai, who, prior to joining the gallery, managed the exhibition space of the Shanghai collector and entrepreneur Qiao Zhibing.