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#13 Art Can Change the World, with Hans Ulrich Obrist


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#13 Art Can Change the World, with Hans Ulrich Obrist

BY Charlotte Burns
executive editor of In Other Words

For the first of three feature episodes from London, we are joined by Hans Ulrich Obrist. The artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, Obrist is a critic, author and famed interviewer who has documented more than 300 conversations with artists, architects, scientists and philosophers. Here, he talks to host Charlotte Burns about his belief that art can shape new realities. 

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Charlotte Burns: Hello and welcome to In Other Words. I'm your host, Charlotte Burns, and joining us today is Hans Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Hans Ulrich Obrist: Hi Charlotte. Nice to see you. Charlotte Burns: Nice to see you, too. Our podcast came…


Hans Ulrich Obrist

artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries

Hans Ulrich Obrist (b. 1968, Zurich, Switzerland) is the artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries, London. 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 shows.

Obrist’s recent publications include Conversations in Colombia, Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.

Charlotte Burns

executive editor of In Other Words

Charlotte Burns is the editor of In Other Words, our weekly newsletters and podcasts. She was previously the US news and market editor for The Art Newspaper, as well as a regular correspondent for publications such as the Guardian and Monocle. Previously, she worked with the London dealer Anthony d’Offay on special projects. For several years, she was a consultant at the cultural communications agency, Bolton & Quinn. She also worked at Hauser & Wirth in London.

Burns received a Masters degree (with Merit) from the Courtauld Institute in Art and Cultural Politics in Germany, 1890-1945, as well as a first-class B.A. honors degree in English and History of Art from Birmingham University. She moved to New York in 2010.

The live record

Behind the Scenes: Art Can Change the World, with Hans Ulrich Obrist

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By Pablo Helguera

For Current Exhibitions at Serpentine Galleries:

Grayson Perry: The Most Popular Art Exhibition Ever!” (until 10 September)

Arthur Jafa: A Series of Utterly Improbable, Yet Extraordinary Renditions” (until 10 September)

Serpentine Pavilion 2017” designed by Francis Kéré (until 8 October)

Interview Marathon at Serpentine Galleries (2006)


For More on Hans Ulrich Obrist:

Mondialité” at Fondation Boghossian, Villa Empain in Brussels, curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and Asad Raza (until 27 August)

“Hans Ulrich Obrist on Architecture, Art, and Metabolism” in the Architect’s Newspaper (2017)

“The Kitchen Show”, an excerpt from Ways of Curating by Hans Ulrich Obrist with Asad Raza, in the Paris Review (2014)

“The Art of Conversation” in the New Yorker (2014)

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Where to look

Current Shows at the Serpentine Galleries

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