One of my very favourite places to visit is Hauser & Wirth in Bruton, Somerset. The courtyard, gallery spaces, shop and the garden – all are just heaven. So of course when I get invited to the preview launch of the summer exhibition, I never turn it down.
This summers exhibition is ‘Unconscious Landscape’ – works from the Ursula Hauser Collection. An exhibition focused entirely on female artists. Over four decades Ursula Hauser has assemble a deeply personal collection of works that brings together a remarkable overview of late 20th century modern masters.
The collection spans all five galleries in Somerset, including works by Louise Bourgeois, Heidi Bucher, Meret Oppenheim, Sylvia Sleigh to name a few.
Ursular Hauser grew up in St. Gallen, Switzerland, where she co-founded and directed a family retail business. She began collecting art forty years ago, acquiring modern masters and developing an interest in contemporary art that burgeoned into a true passion. Ursula Hauser’s support of local Swiss artists has continued for decades as her engagement with other artists from around the world increased.
Ursula Hauser has collected work of female artists for the last forty years, long before equality in the visual arts became a talking point. ‘Unconscious Landscape’ takes its title from Louise Bourgeis’ bronze sculpture (1967-68), which is included in the exhibition. The title alludes to how the collection has been formed; Ursula’s unconscious seeking out artists that she feels an affinity with.
As always I am blown away by the exhibition. Particularly loved the sketches of Louise Bourgeois, ‘the Fragile’ – a series of 36 pieces of work each of the female form or of her spider.
Unconscious Landscape exhibition runs from 25th May to 8th September. It’s well worth a visit to Bruton to see.
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Collaboration Note: I was invited to the press preview launch of the exhibition by the team at hauser & Wirth for the purpose of this review.
Excerpts from the press office
Images by Lou Archell