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A Brief History of Curating
Hans Ulrich Obrist

A Brief History of Curating

A Brief History of CuratingA Brief History of Curating
Hans Ulrich Obrist
Co-published JRP Editions  and Les Presses du Réel

246 Pages
150 x 210 mm
ISBN 9783905829556


11 interviews with curatorial pioneers “I became interested in finding out more about the history of my own field and who the curators from previous generations were who offer a toolbox for the 21st century.” As Hans Ulrich Obrist clearly explains, this volume aims to document the legacy of legendary curators and pioneering ideas within the curatorial field, and presents a unique collection of interviews: Anne d’Harnoncourt, Werner Hofmann, Jean Leering, Franz Meyer, Seth Siegelaub, Walter Zanini, Johannes Cladders, Lucy Lippard, Walter Hopps, Pontus Hultén, and Harald Szeemann are brought together in this publication.

The contributions map the development of the curatorial field, from early independent curating in the 1960s and 1970s, as well as the experimental institutional programs developed in Europe and in the United States at this time, through documenta and the development of biennales.

Conceived as “an act of protest against forgetting,“ this publication has been widely acknowledged as a source book for students and professional alike.

About the Author
Hans Ulrich Obrist is a Swiss art curator, critic and historian of art. He is artistic director at the Serpentine Galleries, London. Obrist is the author of The Interview Project, an extensive ongoing project of interviews. He is also co-editor of the Cahiers d’Art review.

About The Publisher
After 15 years of dynamic editorial activities as a commercial publishing company, JRP|Ringier became JRP|Editions on January 1, 2019. Placed under the responsibility of the Fondation suisse pour l’édition d’art (FSEA), a nonprofit entity presided over by Swiss artist John M Armleder, this new imprint is committed to pursuing the distribution of titles published since 2004, as well as to publishing new books.

When Swiss curator Lionel Bovier and publisher Michael Ringier founded JRP|Ringier Kunstverlag AG in Zurich in 2004, it was a natural evolution for a small publishing company named JRP|Editions that had been established a decade previously by Lionel Bovier and Christophe Cherix. Coming full circle back to our former imprint name, our new activities are clearly informed by the acclaimed journey through art publishing led by JRP|Ringier.

Equally dedicated to the avant-gardes (from socio-political utopias of the 19th century, to radical artistic movements of 20th century historic modernity), as to the most contemporary in art and culture, Les presses du réel publish.

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