Hans Ulrich Obrist & Klaus Biesenbach on Co-Curating, Living Sculptures, and the Chance Encounter That Started It All
Hans Ulrich Obrist and Klaus Biesenbach are amongst the most important curators working today—Obrist at the helm of London’s art-meets-architecture-meets-performance hub, the Serpentine Galleries, and Biesenbach leading the MoMA’s edgier younger sibling, PS1, in Queens, New York. But before the two became art world celebrities, they met on a late-night train between Innsbruck and Venice. Over a decade later, they would come together in their first curatorial collaboration, producing “11 Rooms” of “living sculpture” for the Manchester International Festival in 2011. “11 Rooms” would then become “12 Rooms” in Germany and “13 Rooms” in Australia before landing in Basel this summer for “14 Rooms.” Open through June 22, the exhibition explores performance art through the lens of 16 renowned artists and the spatial limitations of 14