Hans Ulrich Obrist
Co-Director, Exhibitions and Programs and Director of International Programs, Serpentine Gallery
Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich, Switzerland, and currently lives and works in London. Obrist was named art’s second most powerful figure in 2010, by Art Review, after being its most powerful the previous year (2009). In 2009, he was also made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In 1993, he founded the Museum Robert Walser and directed the Migrateurs program at the ARC/ Musee d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, where he served as a curator for contemporary art until spring of 2006. Significant monographic exhibitions co-curated there include: Olafur Eliasson, Philippe Parreno, Steve McQueen, Jonas Mekas, Yoko Ono, Anri Sala and Doug Aitken. In 2012, he co-curated Jonas Mekas, Thomas Schütte Faces and Figures, Yoko Ono TO THE LIGHT, Herzog & de Meuron and Ai Weiwei Pavilion and the Memory Marathon at the Serpentine Gallery, London; To the Moon via the Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles; Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, Sao Paolo; A call for unrealized projects, DAAD and e-flux, Berlin. Obrist’s recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, Project Japan: Metabolism Talks with Rem Koolhaas, Ai Weiwei Speaks, along with new volumes of his Conversation Series. Obrist is also the co-curator of EXPO 1: New York, MoMA PS1, 2013 and 89plus, 2013, a long-term, international, multi-platform research project. In all, since 1991, Obrist has curated over 150 exhibitions internationally.