Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich, Switzerland in 1968. Since 2006, he has been the Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery, London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville, Paris. He has co-curated over 250 exhibitions since his first exhibition, the Kitchen show (World Soup) in 1991. In 2012, Obrist co-curated the following exhibitions at the Serpentine Gallery: Jonas Mekas; Hans-Peter Feldmann; Yoko Ono TO THE LIGHT and Thomas Schütte Faces & Figures.
The Marathon series of public events was conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist in Stuttgart in 2005. The inaugural Serpentine series, the Interview Marathon was conducted by Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas with Julia Peyton-Jones in 2006. Now in its seventh year, the latest edition was the Serpentine Gallery Memory Marathon held in 2012.
Obrist has also co-curated the following international projects: 12 Rooms at Museum Folkwang, Essen; To the Moon via the Beach, LUMA Foundation, Arles; Lina Bo Bardi, Casa de Vidro, Sao Paulo and A call for unrealized projects, DAAD, Berlin.
His recent publications include The future will be…China Edition, Brief History of Curating, Ai Wei Wei Speaks, along with new volumes of his selected interviews.