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Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zürich, Switzerland) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and Senior Artistic Advisor of The Shed in New York. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to the magazines Artforum, AnOther Magazine, 032C, a regular contributor to Mousse and Kaleidoscope and he writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst. In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. His recent publications include Mondialité, Conversations in Mexico,Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

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FAX invites a multigenerational group of artists, as well as architects, designers, scientists and filmmakers, to conceive of the fax machine as a tool for thinking and drawing.

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VOTI Book Launch and Discussion

Image: Postcard sent from Hans Ulrich Obrist to Susan Hapgood, 1998. VOTI Book Launch and Discussion Wednesday, May 3, 2017 6:30–8pm ICI Curatorial Hub 401 Broadway, Suite 1620 FREE and open to the public VOTI: Union of the Imaginary will be launched at the ICI Curatorial Hub with the VOTI platform founders Hans Ulrich Obrist, […]

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do it (short)

Conceived by curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, do it is an exhibition of artists’ instructions, that began in Paris in 1993 with a discussion between Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, who were curious to see how an exhibition may never stop. Now, do it has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition ever, […]

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do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery

On View July 5 – September 22, 2013 To celebrate do it’s 20th anniversary, do it 2013 at Manchester Art Gallery premieres 70 brand new artists’ instructions, and brings together artists from the first do it experiments with a new generation of contemporary artists. Divided in four rooms, the exhibition turns the notion of viewing […]

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On May 9, 2013, ICI, W Magazine, and Burberry hosted a dinner in celebration of do it: the compendium, at the Park Avenue Armory, New York. The soiree was highlighted by the enactment of do it instructions by Uri Aran and Yoko Ono, a live performance by Burberry Acoustic musician Roo Panes, and DJ set […]

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“Looking Back: 1993” with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Massimiliano Gioni

“Looking Back: 1993” with Hans Ulrich Obrist and Massimiliano Gioni Saturday, February 23, 2013 3–4:30pm New Museum 235 Bowery THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT In 1993 Hans Ulrich Obrist started do it, an exhibition in progress that is now 20 years old. This conversation will explore the project’s beginnings, its iterations and its repercussions in […]

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The Independent Vision Curatorial Award: Winners

ICI is proud to announce that Nav Haq and Jay Sanders have both been selected by Hans Ulrich Obrist, as recipients of ICI’s 2012 Independent Vision Curatorial Award (established 2010). The honor reflects ICI’s commitment to supporting curators from around the world who have shown exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related […]

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The Independent Vision Curatorial Award: Nominees

The ICI Independent Vision Curatorial Award (established 2010) reflects ICI’s commitment in supporting curators around the world who have shown exceptional creativity and prescience in their exhibition-making, research, and related writing. Candidates are nominated by a panel of established international curators and the award, including a $4,000 stipend towards a new project, is given every […]

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The Critical Edge of Curating

Maurizio Cattelan, Novecento, 1997. Taxidermied horse, leather saddle, rope, and pulley, 201.2 x 271.3 x 68.6 cm. © Maurizio Cattelan. Photo: Paolo Pellion di Persano, courtesy the artist Co-organized by Nancy Spector, Deputy Director and Chief Curator, and curator of Maurizio Cattelan: All, and Kate Fowle, Executive Director, Independent Curators International (ICI). Curators from around […]

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Scores for Installations: Conversation with Robert Fleck

In 1996, three years after the inception of do it, curator Robert Fleck interviewed Hans Ulrich Obrist on the impetus for organizing the generative exhibition. Obrist shares his thoughts on the first iterations of the exhibition and the unending potential for future versions.

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