Born in Zurich in 1968.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist is the co-director of exhibitions and programmes and director of international projects at the Serpentine Gallery. Prior to this he was curator of the Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris, as well as curator of museum in progress, Vienna. In addition to his work at the Serpentine Gallery, Obrist has curated and co-curated over 200 solo and group exhibitions and biennales, including: World Soup, 1991; do it, 1994; Take Me, I’m Yours, 1995; Manifesta 1, 1996;Laboratorium, 1999; Cities on the Move, 1997; Live/Life, 1996; Nuit Blanche, 1998; 1st Berlin Biennale, 1998; Utopia Station, 2003; 2nd Guangzhou Triennale, 2005; Dakar Biennale, 2004; 1st & 2nd Moscow Biennale, 2005 & 2007; Uncertain States of America and China Power Station, 2006, Lyon Biennale, 2007; Il Tempo del Postino, 2007 & 2009; Yokohama Triennale, 2008; Indian Highway and Everstill, 2008.
In 2006, he conceived the Serpentine Gallery Marathon series of annual public events, including the Interview Marathon (2006, conducted with Rem Koolhaas), the Experiment Marathon (2007, conducted with Olafur Eliasson), the Manifesto Marathon (2008) and the Poetry Marathon (2009). In 2007, the Van Alen Institute awarded him the New York Prize Senior Fellowship for 2007–08. In 2009 he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, JPP Ringier; The Conversation Series, volumes 1-20, Koenig; and Gerhard Richter Text, Koenig/Thames & Hudson.
Hans-Ulrich Obrist was nominator for the Rencontres d’Arles with Philippe Parreno in 2010. They nominated the following artists: Darius Khondji; Hans-Peter Feldmann; Kazuo Shinohara; Shannon Ebner; Taryn Simon and Trisha Donnelly.