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The Serpentine's new curator is about to shift British art away from the market manipulations of the Saatchi model to a new era of art theory—or babble

By Ben Lewis   May 2006

Britain has just acquired its very first supercurator. Hans Ulrich Obrist took up his new job as a director of exhibitions and projects at the Serpentine in April. I only realised how seismic the impact of this would be when I overheard an exchange with him at an opening. “So what are your plans for the Serpentine?” one art-lover asked. “Oh, I think we are now post-planning,” Obrist replied. This was not an attempt to keep secret his new programme of exhibitions, it was a highly theoretical insight into the state of contemporary civilisation. There should be no plans, since…

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