hans ulrich obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Previously, he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris from 2000 to 2006. Obrist has co-curated over 250 exhibitions since his first, the Kitchen show (World Soup) in 1991: including Berlin Biennale, 1998; Laboratorium, 1999; Moscow Biennale, 2005 and 2007; and Indian Highway, 2008-2011.

Obrist’s editorial accomplishments include writings on: Gerhard Richter, Louise Bourgeois and Gilbert and George. He is also the editor of a series of conversation books published by Walther Koenig. Obrist has contributed to over 200 book projects, his recent publications include ‘A Brief History of Curating’, The Conversation Series (Vol. 1-20.), and ‘Ai Weiwei Speaks’.

The Marathon series, conceived in Stuttgart in 2005 is comprised of six parts: the first, Interview Marathon in 2006, involved interviews with leading figures in contemporary culture over 24 hours, conducted by him and architect Rem Koolhaas, the Experiment Marathon, conceived with artist Olafur Eliasson in 2007, the Manifesto Marathon in 2008, the Poetry Marathon in 2009 and the Map Marathon in 2010. 2011 marks the launch of the Institute of the 21st century, a website for the interview project. In March 2011, Obrist was awarded the Bard College Award for Curatorial Excellence.


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