New Work

L'Europe des Artistes

by Hans Ulrich Obrist

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This drawing by Hans Ulrich Obrist, which functions as a map for the exhibition L’Europe des artistes (2013-2014), is a burrow with multiple entry-points, but also a record, an object, and a historical painting. Obrist is known for drawing obsessively in order to help him remember and expand the conversation at hand. However, unlike the infamous doodles of Ronald Reagan, Obrist’s drawings are more than mere memory aids or seating charts. Wildly energetic, his drawing is a conceptual portrait of L’Europe des artistes that presents a unique state of contemporary European geographies.

His Dieter Roth-like mentality superimposes archaeological layers of globalization, regional microcosmic identities, and compounds them upon expanding and contracting artistic strata. His black marker and orange highlighter proliferate a rhizome of the “glocal” European climate. Obrist's circulation of states through doodles engenders a line of flight into an assemblage of names, ideas, dates, quotes, and loose bits of information. His visual system navigates between the abstract and concrete, calling upon the limitless movement of Constant Nieuwenhuys’s New Babylon. The resulting work thus acts as more than a historical map, but a line of flight for curatorial practice.

2013

Ink and highlighter on paper

8.25” x 11.625”

Unique


ABOUT THE ARTIST

Hans Ulrich Obrist

Hans Ulrich Obrist is Co-director of the Serpentine Gallery in London. Prior to this, he was Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville in Paris from 2000 to 2006, as well as curator of Museum in progress, Vienna, from 1993 to 2000. Obrist has co-curated over 250 exhibitions since his first exhibition, the Kitchen show (World Soup) in 1991: including 1st Berlin Biennale, 1998; Utopia Station, 2003; 1st & 2nd Moscow Biennale, 2005 and 2007; Lyon Biennale, 2007; and Indian Highway, 2008-2011.

Obrist is the editor of a series of conversation books published by Walther Koenig. He has also edited the writings of Gerhard Richter, Gilbert and George and Louise Bourgeois. He has contributed to over 200 book projects, his recent publications include A Brief History of Curating, dontstopdontstopdontstopdontstop, The future will be...with M/M (Paris), Interview with Hans-Peter Feldmann, and Ai Wei Wei Speaks, along with two volumes of his selected interviews (Interviews: Vol. 1 & 2). The Marathon series of public events was conceived by Hans Ulrich Obrist in Stuttgart in 2005. The first in the Serpentine 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, the Manifesto Marathon in 2008, the Poetry Marathon in 2009, Map Marathon in 2010, and the Garden Marathon in 2011.

In 2009, Obrist was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). In March 2011, he was awarded the Bard College Award for Curatorial Excellence.

2013

Ink and highlighter on paper

8.25” x 11.625”

Unique