Roth Bar & Grill is situated at Hauser & Wirth Somerset, a pioneering world-class art gallery. The restaurant and bar play an integral part in the overall gallery experience combining seasonal food with contemporary art.
Roth Bar & Grill, designed by the architect Luis Laplace, has at its core a site-specific bar created by long-term friends and artists, Björn and Oddur Roth, the son and grandson of artist Dieter Roth (1930 – 1998).
The story of ‘Roth Bar’ at Hauser & Wirth began when Dieter Roth insisted that a bar form part of his first show with the gallery in 1997. Along with his son Björn, Dieter Roth installed the functional ‘Bar 2’ (1983 – 1997) in Zurich and every beer bottle served became a part of the bar installation and visitors’ conversations were recorded and archived. Since its first iteration, the bar has gradually evolved.
Our specially commissioned bar is a tribute to Björn’s late father and is comprised of scavenged materials – a central motif throughout Dieter Roth’s work. Inspired by the history of Durslade Farm, Björn and Oddur Roth used a selection of agricultural and found objects on site and in the areas surrounding Bruton.
The dining room is adorned with an intimate and highly personal salon style hang of works based on the intertwining theme of food, cooking, animals and the countryside. The space incorporates Hauser & Wirth’s family of artists alongside works from the private collection of Iwan and Manuela Wirth. The outdoor terrace and surrounding grounds at Durslade Farm feature changing sculptures all year round, for you to enjoy alongside your culinary experience.
HAUSER & WIRTH SOMERSET
Hauser & Wirth Somerset is a pioneering world-class gallery and multipurpose arts centre. It is home to a vibrant programme of contemporary art exhibitions, outdoor sculptures, events and learning activities. The gallery is free to attend, with all donations distributed between local charitable partners.
Centred around a core belief in conservation, learning and sustainability, Hauser & Wirth Somerset offers a wide variety of workshops, talks and screenings, alongside learning resources and unique partnerships with local schools, universities and institutions. The gallery supports an immersive artist-in-residence programme, encouraging international artists to draw inspiration from the surrounding rural landscape and local community.
Since opening in 2014, Hauser & Wirth Somerset has welcomed over 1 million visitors and led the way for further art centres in Menorca and Los Angeles.
Image: ©David Zink Yi. Courtesy the artist and Hauser & WirthFIND OUT MORE
Internationally-renowned landscape designer, Piet Oudolf, has designed the landscaping scheme for the entire site, including Oudolf Field – a large perennial meadow that provides a seamless journey between Durslade Farm and the rural Somerset landscape beyond. Oudolf created a garden that is timeless throughout the changing seasons, providing a sanctuary for visitors to slow down and savour moments within nature at their own pace. At the top of Oudolf Field sits the Radić Pavilion, designed by Chilean architect Smiljan Radić, unveiled at the Serpentine Gallery, London in 2014.
‘GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG – An Exhibition in Three Acts’ is on view at Hauser & Wirth Somerset until Monday 1 January 2024.
The multidisciplinary group exhibition celebrates the gallery’s Swiss heritage in a site-wide takeover, featuring over 20 international artists. Immersive installations, iconic video works and open-air sculpture will extend across all five galleries and outdoor spaces, in addition to works on view within the Roth Bar & Grill.
Alongside the exhibition, take part in a new Education Lab inspired by the sustainable practices of artists, Mika Rottenberg and Pipilotti Rist, developed by the gallery’s green teams globally. A collaborative events programme will be running throughout the summer for all ages.
Installation view, ‘GRUPPENAUSSTELLUNG’, Hauser & Wirth Somerset, 2023. Courtesy the artists and Hauser & Wirth. Photo: Ken AdlardFIND OUT MORE