Power 100

Most influential people in 2022 in the contemporary artworld


Hans Ulrich Obrist

Curator - Artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries

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Photo: Andrew Quinn

The artistic director of the Serpentine Galleries in London remains a fixture of panel discussions (Art Basel’s Paris +, Milan Fashion Week, GQ’s ‘Heroes’) and prize juries (the Art Explora residency in Paris and an art competition coinciding with the COP27 climate summit in Egypt). His latest book, Remember to Dream!, relating to his Instagram projects, dropped this autumn. How he balances his commitment to the climate emergency (showcased in Back to Earth at the Serpentine Galleries) with his interest in NFTs (and all things digital: at the Julia Stoschek Collection in Düsseldorf he curated Worldbuilding: Gaming and Art in the Digital Age) and the requirements of travel (Louis Vuitton invited him to design his own luggage this year) is something he interrogates publicly. He also sits on the Luma Arles advisory committee, is senior artistic adviser at The Shed in New York and helped inaugurated Patrizia Sandretto Re Rebaudengo’s new space. Later he was on hand to console fans about the timeout called by his buddies in Korean boyband BTS.

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