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The Arts District's Newest Gallery Will Open With An All-Female Lineup

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A display of sculptures made only by women will be the first exhibit at the Hauser Wirth & Schimmel gallery when it opens in downtown L.A. next year. The exhibition is called "Revolution in the Making: Abstract Sculpture by Women, 1947-2016," and it opens on March 13, the L.A. Times reports. The collection will include over 100 works made within those years from over 36 artists including Louise Bourgeois, Louise Nevelson, Eva Hesse and Yayoi Kusama. The show is inspired by gallery founder Ursula Hauser's own collection, which features several sculpture pieces by women.

Curator Jenni Sorkin told the Times that "Sculpture, in particular, is one of the last bastions of exclusion for women. Bourgeois and Nevelson are considered huge pioneers in sculptural practice — and not only in their content, but as women who had to muscle their way into sculpture at a time when it was really not friendly to them."

This will be the first show inside Hauser Wirth & Schimmel's new gallery when it opens at 901 E. 3rd St. in the Arts District.

Hauser & Wirth was founded in Zurich in 1992 by Ursula Hauser and Iwan and Manuela Wirth, and now has outposts in London, New York and Somerset. Hauser Wirth & Schimmel will be its first gallery in California, according to Art News.

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The gallery will take over a historic flour mill, and it's going to be big—100,000 square feet. The site will feature a number of exhibitions, as well as public programs.

Paul Schimmel, a partner with Hauser & Wirth and a co-founder of Hauser Wirth & Schimmel, was the chief curator of MOCA, Los Angeles from 1990 until 2012.