Hans-Ulrich Obrist tops list of art world’s most powerful

Artistic director of London’s Serpentine Galleries, dubbed ‘curator who never sleeps’, wins ArtReview’s accolade for second time.  Hans-Ulrich Obrist, the artistic director of London’s Serpentine Galleries dubbed as the “curator who never sleeps”, has topped this year’s ArtReview Power 100 of the most influential people in the art world.

It is the second time Obrist has been named the most powerful figure in the global art world for his work, not just at the Serpentine but also as an art critic, curator, author and sought-after panellist.

Oliver Basciano, deputy editor of ArtReview, said the 20-person panel had selected Obrist once again because of “his energy and the fact that he connects so many people; he’s everywhere”.

Obrist first topped the Power100 in 2009 but Basciano said his influence had continued to grow since then.

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