New York, Zurich, London and, er, Somerset. Here’s a new sort of ‘restaurant’ opening. Glossy international contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth, whose vast London showrooms are in Savile Row, has just set up its fourth outpost, in a former Somerset cowshed. This is not any old cowshed, of course. Reconfigured by Parisian architect Luis Laplace it is now being used to showcase the works of such popular artists as Pipilotti Rist and Paul McCarthy.
Not content with opening a gallery, H&W have also thrown in a 70-cover restaurant, the Roth Bar & Grill (named after Swedish artist Dieter Roth, whose son and grandson have designed a bar for the site using scavenged materials). The restaurant is being run by hotelier and restaurateur Catherine Butler, of At the Chapel in Bruton – an establishment whose favourable review in Harden’s augurs well for this rather unusual new enterprise.
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