Hauser & Wirth opens the doors of its new art center to the public. Located on the Isla del Rey, located in the port of Mahón, Hauser & Wirth Menorca will open with an exhibition by Mark Bradford that will present a dynamic series of newly created sculptures and paintings.
Hauser & Wirth Menorca comprises an exhibition space made up of eight galleries and an Educational Lab. Mark Bradford’s exhibition ‘Masses and Movements’ is in charge of inaugurating the new Hauser & Wirth headquarters. In this first solo show by Bradford in Spain, the artist presents an installation of globe sculptures, two wall paintings expressly conceived for the gallery space, and a series of newly created canvases based on a 16th century world map, considered the the first to be printed with the name ‘America’.
‘Masses and Movements’, occupies a large part of the gallery’s exhibition space. The exhibition also presents a new project of social commitment in which Bradford collaborates to bring artistic training to immigrant communities and an installation that emphasizes the global migration crisis. Continuing the research on oppressive systems that the artist has carried out since the beginning of his career, the exhibition incorporates works of great formal richness and allegorical complexity, which corroborate the importance of abstraction to understand the world we inhabit, as well as the position of relevance of the artist among the most outstanding creators of the moment.
As part of the exhibition, an Educational Lab has been developed, the result of the one-month residency that the artist himself and his team have carried out at the art center. Created in collaboration with students from the Escola d’Art de Menorca, the Educational Lab presents a visual intervention created in response to the current global refugee crisis and offers a space for programming open to the public in parallel to the exhibition. The Lab also marks the beginning of a new collaboration between Bradford and PILAglobal, a non-profit organization that carries out innovative educational actions aimed at displaced families or families in situations of poverty around the world.
Hauser & Wirth Menorca also presents an outdoor sculpture tour where works by Louise Bourgeois, Eduardo Chillida, Joan Miró and Franz West are presented. The gardens surrounding the gallery buildings have been designed by Piet Oudolf and incorporate native plant varieties adapted to the Mediterranean climate. The center also houses the Cantina restaurant, where local and seasonal products are served. In the shop, located in the same building, you can buy Menorcan art and craft publications.
The Isla del Rey, fifteen minutes by boat from the port of Mahón, is home to an old disused naval hospital and a group of abandoned buildings dating from the 18th century. In close collaboration with the Fundació Hospital de l’Illa del Rei and the Mahón City Council, Hauser & Wirth has carried out a considerable conservation project to transform the buildings of the Langara hospital into an art center.
The restoration project has been directed by Luis Laplace, an Argentine architect based in Paris and a regular collaborator of the gallery, and has focused on highlighting the building’s naval past. With the desire to place special emphasis on education and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth has developed a program of educational activities that seek to bring contemporary art closer to the local community and visitors through screenings, talks and workshops.
Menorca has held the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve distinctive for years. In line with this objective of protecting the unique natural environment that constitutes the island, Hauser & Wirth Menorca will collaborate with the Foundation for the Preservation of Menorca. The gallery also supports the strategic lines of action of this NGO, which is dedicated to raising funds and distributing them among local projects focused on protecting the natural environment of Menorca.
Among the environmental sustainability measures planned in the art center include rainwater recovery systems, the creation of a plant that allows water to be reused for irrigation, water treatment by reverse osmosis and efficient air conditioning systems in buildings. . Along the same lines, the environmental sustainability plan that Hauser & Wirth has put in place to reduce its emissions by 50% in 2030 foresees the preparation of carbon budgets for all exhibitions with the aim of improving transparency.
In Praise of the Void VI ‘(2000) by Eduardo Chillida in Hauser & Wirth Menorca
Courtesy of the Estate of Eduardo Chillida and Hauser & Wirth
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