International Visitor Programme : November 2017

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Artistic Director

Hans Ulrich Obrist. Photo: Youssef Nabil

Hans Ulrich Obrist is the Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, London, and co-founder of 89plus. 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.

Simon Castets


Simon Castets. Photo: Rémi Lamandé

Simon Castets is the Director and Curator of Swiss Institute, New York and co-founder of 89plus. He holds an MA in Curatorial Studies from Columbia University and a MA in Cultural Management from Sciences Po, Paris. In addition to exhibitions at Swiss Institute, recent curatorial work includes 'Rachel Rose' at Aspen Art Museum, 'Champs Elysées' at Palais de Tokyo, Paris (with Julie Boukobza and Nicola Trezzi), 'Poetry will be made by all!' at Moderna Museet, Stockholm, and 'Americans 2017' at LUMA Foundation, Zurich (both together with Hans Ulrich Obrist for 89plus). His writing has appeared in publications such as Mousse, PIN UP, Flash Art and Kaleidoscope. He has delivered lectures at Columbia University and Brown University, and frequently participates on panels and juries internationally.