Artist Talks: Hiroshi Sugimoto

Hiroshi Sugimoto in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director, Serpentine Galleries.

Artist Talks is a programme organised by the Fondation Beyeler and UBS, in which internationally renowned contemporary artists speak about their work. This Talk is streamed from Art SG.


Hans Ulrich Obrist

Artistic Director,
Serpentine Galleries, London

Hans Ulrich Obrist, born 1968 in Zürich, Switzerland is an Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior to this, he was the Curator of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris. Since his first show ‘World Soup (The Kitchen Show)’ in 1991, he has curated more than 300 exhibitions. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is a contributing editor to Artforum, AnOther Magazine, Cahiers D'Art, and 032C; he also writes columns for Das Magazin and Weltkunst.

In 2011 he received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, and in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize for his commitment to the arts. His recent publications include Ways of Curating (2015), The Age of Earthquakes (2015), Lives of the Artists, Lives of Architects (2015), Mondialité (2017), Somewhere Totally Else (2018) and The Athens Dialogues (2018).

Hiroshi Sugimoto


Born in Tokyo, Japan, in 1948. Hiroshi Sugimoto lives and works in New York, USA and Tokyo, Japan since 1974. Sugimoto’s practice expands to photography, sculpture, installation, architecture, garden design, writing, calligraphy, culinary arts, and directing / producing performing arts. Influenced by American Minimalism and conceptual art, he is interested in fundamental phenomena such as space and time, their transience and our memory and has been addressing himself for decades with recurrent themes.

His enigmatic photographs show dioramas in natural history museums, empty movie theatres with glowing white screens, ocean horizons in fog and icons of modern architecture. In 2008 he established the architecture firm, New Material Research Laboratory, and in 2009 he founded Odawara Art Foundation, a charitable nonprofit organization to promote traditional Japanese performing arts and culture. Enoura Observatory, the home of Odawara Art Foundation opened in 2017. Selected solo exhibitions of Hiroshi Sugimoto includes: 2018 Hiroshi Sugimoto. Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Tel Aviv. 2014 Aujourd’hui, le monde est mort [Lost Human Genetic Archive]. Palais de Tokyo, Paris 2013 Hiroshi Sugimoto. Leeum, Samsung Museum of Art, Seoul, Couleurs de l’Ombre. Singapore Tyler Print Institute, Singapore 2005 End of Time. Mori Art Museum, Tokyo / The Smithsonian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C. / The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Fort Worth (2006) / Fine Arts Museum of San Francisco, San Francisco (2007)

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