Isla del Rey. Photo: Hélène Binet. Courtesy of Hauser & Wirth.

Hauser & Wirth to Open Art Center on Island Off the Coast of Spain, Salon 94 Acquires New Building, and More

Hauser & Wirth is planning to open an arts center in a disused Naval hospital on Isla del Rey, one of three islands located in the port of Mahon in Menorca, in 2020. The facility will be restored by the Paris-based, Argentinean architect Luis Laplace and will comprise an exhibition hall, an area for educational initiatives, gardens designed by Piet Oudolf, a shop, and a “cantina” restaurant.

Mar Rescalvo, a Menorcan with experience working on various projects in the Balearic Islands, Barcelona, and Amsterdam, will run the space, which, according to El País, will cost the gallery $4.5 million to lease. The venue’s exhibition program will be presented from April to October and will at times include loans from museums. The center will also commission new works from gallery artists and partner with local charities, schools, and other organizations—including the Museu de Menorca and the Fundació Menorquina de l’Opera—with whom it will develop a range of activities to accompany each exhibition.

Commenting on the center, Luis Alejandre, president of the board, Fundación Hospital de la Isla del Rey, says: “After nearly three years of conversations with the team at Hauser & Wirth and our inspiring trip to their project in Somerset, I have every confidence that Hauser & Wirth Menorca will transform the island’s cultural scene. Mahon was once an important naval hub and now it will become the arts hub of the Mediterranean.”

Salon 94 has purchased a 14,000-square-foot building at 3 East Eighty-Ninth Street in New York. Jeanne Greenberg Rohatyn—founder of the gallery, which has three locations in Manhattan—revealed that the space will become the new headquarters for Salon 94 and Salon 94 Design and will boast an exhibition space, private viewing rooms, and offices.

According to public real estate records, the gallery bought the property, which was formerly the home of the National Academy Museum, for $22.3 million at the beginning of June. Founded in 2002, Salon 94 will announce further details about its plans for the building at a later date.

Gagosian’s pop-up exhibition space in Basel will soon become a permanent space. Located at Rheinsprung 1 in Basel’s Old Town, the outpost will be Gagosian’s seventeenth gallery—its ninth in Europe. Andy Avini, a senior director at Gagosian, told the Art Newspaper that the gallery finalized the lease in the days leading up to the fair.

With a population of roughly 170,000, Basel isn’t the obvious choice for a satellite, but dealer Larry Gagosian cited the success of Fondation Beyeler, the Kunstmuseum, and Maja Oeri’s Schaulager as reasons why the gallery is expanding to Basel. Currently on view at the location is “Continuing Abstraction,” which features works by artists such as Theaster Gates, Jackson Agnes Martin, and Jackson Pollock.

Pace announced that it now represents Jo Baer. With a career spanning six decades, the artist first rose to prominence as a pioneer of the Minimalist movement in New York in the 1960s and ’70s and is known as a fierce defender of painting—in the September 1967 issue of this magazine, she penned a letter that argued against the position that painting had become an “antique mode.”

Hauser & Wirth has also welcomed Annie Leibovitz. Known for her far-reaching body of work and iconic celebrity portraits, Leibovitz has had solo exhibitions at major international museums, including the Brooklyn Museum in New York, the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and the National Portrait Gallery in London. Her photography has been published in magazines such as Rolling Stone, Vogue, and Vanity Fair.

“Leibovitz has developed an approach to photography that dovetails with—and advances—her medium’s evolution as a force for artmaking,” Hauser & Wirth partner and vice president Marc Payot said in a statement. “We look forward to exploring new contexts for Leibovitz’s photographs, and to creating and facilitating exhibition opportunities and publishing projects for this marvelous artist.” The gallery will present a solo exhibition of works by Leibovitz at its Hong Kong location in the H Queen’s building in November.

Rochelle Feinstein heads to Sperone Westwater gallery in New York. A major survey of her work, which originated at the Centre d’Art Contemporain, Geneva, in 2016 and subsequently traveled to Städtische Galerie im Lenbachhaus, Munich and Kestnergesellschaft, Hanover, was recently mounted at the Bronx Museum of the Arts—the show closed at the end of March. A professor emerita of painting and printmaking at Yale University, Feinstein will have her first exhibition with the gallery in 2020. Her work is also currently featured in the gallery’s booth at Art Basel.