Hauser & Wirth was founded in Zürich in 1992 by its principals Ursula Hauser, Manuela Wirth and Iwan Wirth. In addition to representing over 30 established and emerging contemporary artists, the gallery works closely with the estates of Eva Hesse, Allan Kaprow, Lee Lozano, Jason Rhoades, and André Thomkins.
The publishing partnership Hauser & Wirth Steidl creates a number of vital and diverse monographs every season, realizing artists' instinctive desires on the printed page and distributing the resulting titles internationally.
Since 1996, Hauser & Wirth Zürich has been located in a former Löwenbräu brewery building, among other contemporary art galleries as well as the Kunsthalle Zürich and the Migros Museum. In 2003 Hauser & Wirth London opened on Piccadilly in a historic building designed by Sir Edwin Lutyens, its unique exhibition spaces adding weight to London's growing importance as an international art centre.
In Autumn 2006 Hauser & Wirth at Colnaghi was created on London's Old Bond Street, hosting several annual exhibitions and functioning as the gallery's secondary market operation in London. Zwirner & Wirth opened on New York's East 69th Street in 2000. Embodying the gallery's strong relationship with New York dealer David Zwirner, it exhibits modern and contemporary masters.