Hans Ulrich Obrist was born in Zurich in May 1968. He became Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects at the Serpentine Gallery in April 2006, joining Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery Director. Prior to this he was Curator of the MusÃ©e d'Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris since 2000, as well as curator of museum in progress, Vienna, from 1993 to 2000. In addition to his contribution to the Serpentine Gallery's exhibitions, programmes and international projects since 2006, Obrist has curated and co-curated over 200 solo and group exhibitions and biennales internationally since 1991, 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 and 2007; Lyon Biennale, 2007; and Yokohama Triennale, 2008.
In 2007, Hans Ulrich co-curated Il Tempo del Postino with Philippe Parreno for the Manchester International Festival, also presented at Art Basel, 2009, organised by Fondation Beyeler and Theater Basel. In the same year, the Van Alen Institute awarded him the New York Prize Senior Fellowship for 2007-2008. In 2008 he curated Everstill at the Lorca House in Granada, and was the curator for Artpace artist residencies in Texas.
The Serpentine Gallery Marathon series of public events was conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 2006. The first in the series, the Interview Marathon in 2006, involved interviews with leading figures in contemporary culture over 24 hours, conducted by Obrist and architect Rem Koolhaas. This was followed by the Experiment Marathon, conceived by Obrist and artist Olafur Eliasson in 2007, which included 50 experiments by speakers across both arts and science, and the Manifesto Marathon in 2008.
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.