Paul Schimmel will be leaving his role as director, partner, and vice president of Hauser & Wirth. Iwan and Manuela Wirth, cofounders and copresidents of the gallery, made the announcement today. Schimmel has headed Hauser & Wirth’s new downtown arts district complex in Los Angeles since joining the gallery in May 2013.
Schimmel was previously the longtime chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and has maintained a curatorial career extending back to the mid-1970s. (He wrote a Passages on Chris Burden, on the occasion of the artist’s death, in the September 2015 issue of Artforum.)
In announcing Schimmel’s departure, Iwan Wirth noted, “Going forward, Hauser & Wirth will continue building upon its longstanding, passionate commitment to Los Angeles with expanded programs, including an increasingly robust campaign of public events and community outreach activities, and an ever more dynamic schedule of exhibitions that celebrate our artists, and connections between California and the international scene.”