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Swiss curator Hans Ulrich Obrist, the most powerful figure in the contemporary art world

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Oct. 16th, 2009 | 03:45 pm

AFP recently reported that the British journal ArtReview made its annual competition of the most influential personages in the world of contemporary art (Power 100 list).

The last year’s leader Damien Hirst lost 50 positions.

Swiss curator Hans Ulricjh Obrist has been named the most powerful figure in the contemporary art world. Obrist is the co director of exhibitions and programs and director of international projects at London’s Serpentine Gallery.

According to Guardian newspaper Obrist is ‘not so much a curator as a human whirlwind.’ Guardian found it important to mention that it was the first time in eight years that a curator rather than an artist or a museum director topped the annual list. Last year Obrist took the 35th place.

Profilic British collector Charles Saatchi who helped to develop careers of such artists as Hirst and Tracey Emin upgraded from number 14 to number 72 this year.

Hirt’s company Science that topped the list of last year, this year downgraded to 48th because of recession and the drop in prices of art works.

The director of the “Museum of Modern art (MoMA) in New York comes second in the list, while the director of London’s Tate, Nicholas Serota, is the third.

The top 20 of the ArtReview Power 100:

1. Hans Ulrich Obrist

2. Glenn D Lowry

3. Sir Nicholas Serota

4. Daniel Birnbaum

5. Larry Gagosian

6. Francois Pinault

7. Eli Broad

8. Anton Vidokle, Julieta Aranda and Brian Kuan Wood

9. Iwona Blazwick

10. Bruce Nauman

11. Iwan Wirth

12. David Zwirner

13. Jeff Koons

14. Jay Jopling

15. Marian Goodman

16. Agnes Gund

17. Takashi Murakami

18. Alfred Pacquement

19. Fischli and Weiss

20. Mike Kelley

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