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Hans Ulrich Obrist
(b. 1968 in Zurich, CH) is Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries in London, and Senior Artistic Advisor of The Shed in New York. 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 shows. In 2011 Obrist received the CCS Bard Award for Curatorial Excellence, in 2015 he was awarded the International Folkwang Prize, and in 2018 he was presented with the Award for Excellence in the Arts by the Appraisers Association of America. Obrist has lectured internationally at academic and art institutions, and is contributing editor to several magazines and journals. His recent publications include Mondialité, Somewhere Totally Else, Ways of Curating, The Age of Earthquakes with Douglas Coupland and Shumon Basar, and Lives of The Artists, Lives of The Architects.
(b. 1965 in Villeneuve Saint Georges, France) In 1978, his family moved to San Gimignano (Italy). He graduated at the Academy of Fine Arts of Florence. Following his desire to support the arts and artists’ work he founded Galleria Continua together with two good friends of him, Mario Cristiani and Maurizio Rigillo, in 1990. During the years, he has followed a lot of artistic projects both inside and outside the gallery, including being part of several international art fairs commissions. He curated books and catalogues publications. The desire to work side by side with artists represented by the gallery and to support their work, gave Lorenzo a way to help in the realization of important projects by international artists in Italy and to curate exhibitions by gallery’s artists all over the world.
Philip Tinari is Director and CEO of UCCA Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing, one of China’s leading institutions of contemporary art. Since joining in 2011, he has led its transformation from a founder-owned private museum into an accredited museum across multiple locations, a public foundation, and a family of art-driven enterprises. During his tenure, UCCA has mounted more than seventy exhibitions and thousands of public programs, bringing artistic voices established and emerging, Chinese and international, to an audience of over a million visitors each year. Having written extensively on contemporary art in China, he was co-curator of the 2017 exhibition Art and China after 1989: Theater of the World at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York.
Placing its first venue in a former cinema, Galleria Continua established itself and thrived in an entirely unexpected location, away from cities and modern urban hubs, in the timeless town of San Gimignano, steeped in history. Keeping up with the constantly evolving nature of the gallery and the desire to address as wide a public as possible, Lorenzo, Mario and Maurizio decided to open a new gallery in China, in the 798 District of Beijing, in 2005. In 2007, Galleria Continua inaugurated Les Moulins, a new peculiar site for contemporary art and culture in the Parisian countryside, in Boissy-le-Châtel first and then enlarging the venue in 2010, by acquiring the ancient paper mill of Sainte-Marie close-by. In 2015, it established its fourth space in a 1950s cinema-theatre in the heart of Havana’s Chinatown in Cuba, bringing the initial project of getting people to travel, not the objects, even if artistic.
ADAC (Association Des Amis de Chen Zhen), was created in 2003, in the mission to promote the artistic heritage and philosophy of the artist died in 2000 after 10 years of activity in the art world. On the year of its foundation, the strong support of all the Friends of the Association made possible the publication of the first catalogue “Invocation of Washing Fire”, which explains the artist’s works thoroughly. The support of many people who knew Chen Zhen during his life and of those who got to know him later yet recognised themselves in his poetics was fundamental to ADAC. Over the past years ADAC pursued the diffusion of Chen Zhen’s art and philosophy. His works have been presented in majors exhibitions worldwide and documented through a number of publications. In 2018 a long and meticulous work of collecting information and testimonies let to the publication of the first “Catalogue Raisonné” of the artist, in 2 volumes, by Skira editor, in collaboration with Galleria Continua.