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Iwan & Manuela Wirth 

CO-PRESIDENTS AND OWNERS, HAUSER & WIRTH

The Swiss couple started the first iteration of their gallery in Zurich in 1992, with the backing of Mrs. Wirth’s mother, the art collector Ursula Hauser. Now their empire comprises five galleries—in New York, Zurich, London, and Somerset—and represents the likes of Louise Bourgeois and Paul McCarthy. The Somerset operation, which opened last year, puts a contemporary gallery in an unlikely place—an 18th-century farm in the English countryside. Unlikely but not surprising, as the Wirths are known to create a market for what they are selling, rather than the other way around. This year, the work they’re presenting includes solo shows by Ida Applebroog and Lee Lozano (through July 31) at their New York location, and in the countryside, an exhibition of architectural drawings by Pierre-Francois-Léonard Fontaine, Álvaro Siza, Iakov Chernikhov, and others (through June 21).

 

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