Hauser & Wirth’s outpost in Zurich has undergone a domestic reimagining, swapping its usual white cube format for a homely salon in which to explore artworks, books and prints during winter. Entitled ‘Salon d’Hiver’, the show draws inspiration from Hauser & Wirth’s publishing arm as well as its more recent initiative focusing on prints, editions and multiples.
Art objects and books by the likes of Dieter Roth, Louise Bourgeois, Martin Creed and Subodh Gupta are peppered throughout the gallery, nestled amongst furniture and other curios in an immersive environment conceived to feel like a home.
Wallpapers created by the gallery’s stable of artists serve as a brilliant backdrop to the exhibition – think Paul McCarthy’s butt plug-wielding, chocolate Santa Clauses; kaleidoscopic limbs by Pipilotti Rist; and a vibrant floral design by Caro Nieder. The gallery partnered with an antique furniture dealer to furnish the space, showcasing a Mies van der Rohe daybed amongst the art.
A comprehensive events programme is planned in tandem with ‘Salon d’Hiver’. The gallery has already hosted a children’s tea part as well as a duet of music evenings, with Martin Creed’s band and Allan Kaprow’s musical works taking the spotlight.
Visitors will be rewarded by repeat trips to the Swiss gallery, with new artworks set to regularly be installed throughout the duration of the exhibition. The current Christmas incarnation of the space will soon be rehung with a fresh selection of works, to creating an experience akin to a house being redecorated. We already feel at home.