FEMMES, Hauser & Wirth’s inaugural presentation at Art Genève, pays homage to the exemplary female artists represented by the gallery spanning both the modern and contemporary eras. Louise Bourgeois, Eva Hesse, Maria Lassnig and Alina Szapocznikow are among the most important artists of the twentieth century. They forged their oeuvres at a time of unprecedented social change and the carefully selected works demonstrate their pioneering creative vision which continues to resonate across the generations.
The contemporary artists–including Phyllida Barlow, Roni Horn, Rita Ackermann and Jenny Holzer–have equally developed a highly original visual language that speaks not just of their individual experiences. Their nuanced explorations of form and subject matter reflect the human condition in its myriad permutations.
These artists have shaped the evolution of Hauser & Wirth which represents more female artists than any other international gallery. A shared history has developed as the gallery foregrounds their work at landmark moments, such as the inauguration of the gallery in Los Angeles in 2016 with Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women 1947 – 2016, and the presentation of Louise Bourgeois’s Papillon Noirs series at the recent opening of Hauser & Wirth St. Moritz. This year is the centenary of Maria Lassnig’s birth and will be marked by a retrospective at the Albertina museum in Vienna and an exhibition at Hauser & Wirth Zürich which pay tribute to this remarkable artist.