Hauser & Wirth Exterior, Somerset

Hauser & Wirth – Somerset outpost

Opened in July the new arts centre created by Hauser & Wirth, one of the leading contemporary art galleries, can be found in idyllic Somerset countryside 120 miles from London

The Swiss couple who own the gallery, have been based in Bruton for a few years, and purchased the near-by working farm dating from 1760 for showcasing international artists as well  as activities for visitors and artists’ residencies.


The Gothic facade of the farmhouse building is embellished by Martin Creed’s piece made of white neon from 2011. The seven bedroom house is available for hire and inside there are more artworks by the gallery’s artists, such as the wall painting around the dining room.


The reception and shop inside the cowshed have many original features. The Roth Bar & Grill has become a popular hang-out, with a site-specific bar designed by the son and grandson of Dieter Roth. The style is shabby chic rather than cool and contemporary.

The gallery runs an artists’ residency programme at the farm


The summer exhibition includes a show by Phyllida Barlow and works by Sudoph Gupta (main photo), Paul McCarthy and Anri Sala. The listed building has been renovated by architectural firms Laplace & Co and benjamin + beauchamp


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