Hans-Ulrich Obrist

We're back! Talk Art Season 3!! Robert & Russell meet one of the world's most celebrated & iconic curators Hans-Ulrich Obrist. Best known for his groundbreaking work as Artistic Director of Serpentine Galleries, London, Obrist has curated shows by many of our favourite artists as wide-ranging as Rebecca Warren, Faith Ringgold, Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, Wolfgang Tillmans, Etel Adnan, Phyllida Barlow, Marina Abramović, Yoko Ono and many, many more. We discuss his childhood passion of reading books, an early exploration of curating and collecting art postcards, the impact of meeting Alighiero E Boetti in his mid teens and his first group exhibition (curated in his kitchen) with artists including Christian Boltanski and Fishli & Weiss. We discuss memory in art, the importance of listening, an ongoing exhibition ‘Do It’ started in 1993 that has since been realised in more than 160 museums across the world as well as the more recent 'It's Urgent' billboard international art poster project. We learn how he has been addressing the challenge of bringing art to as many people as possible (including a notable recent collaboration with Arthur Jafa) as well as his early interest of bringing together art & science, the legacy of curator Lucy Lippard, of caring for the environment and the importance of taking ecology to the centre stage.


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