Frankly Speaking: Myrna Ayad Interviews Hans Ulrich Obrist, Art Basel

Canvas presents a rare one-on-one interview with one of today's most influential art figures and asks his opinion on the future of museums in the Middle East, censorship, his views on the future of the art world and his involvement in the region's art scene. Myrna Ayad, will also ask Hans Ulrich Obrist personal questions on his favourite artists as well as tongue-in-cheek questions. The transcripts of this panel will be published in a limited edition book as a conclusion to the Gender, Wars and Chadors panel discussions organised by Canvas in 2009 at Art Basel, London's British Museum during Frieze and Art Basel Miami Beach respectively, published by Mixed Media Publishing.

Hans Ulrich Obrist | Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects, Serpentine Gallery
Hans Ulrich Obrist joined Julia Peyton-Jones, the Serpentine Gallery Director, in 2006 as Co-director of Exhibitions and Programmes and Director of International Projects. Prior to this, he was Curator of the Musée d'Art Moderne in Paris for six years. Obrist has curated and co-curated over 200 solo and group exhibitions and biennales internationally since 1991 including, among others, the First Berlin Biennale, 1998 and the First and Second Moscow Biennales, 2005 and 2007. In 2007, Obrist co-curated Il Tempo del Postino with Philippe Parreno for the Manchester International Festival, also presented at Art Basel, 2009. In the same year, the Van Alen Institute awarded him the New York Prize Senior Fellowship for 2007-8. In 2009, he was made an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA).

Myrna Ayad | Deputy Editor, Canvas magazine

Myrna Ayad joined Mixed Media Publishing in 2007 as Special Projects Manager, before heading up the company flagship title, Canvas. A patron of the Tate, Ayad has profiled some of the art world's greatest figures such as Iranian ex-empress HM Farah Pahlavi , Colombian artist Fernando Botero as well as emerging artists in the Middle Eastern art arena. Ayad is an avid collector of Contemporary Middle Eastern art.

Spaces are limited! Please ensure you arrive at the venue at least 15 minutes before the start of the panel.

Date: 17 June 2010
Time: 16:00-16:30
Place: Art Basel, Art Salon at Art Unlimited, Hall 1

This event is open to the public. For more information contact Alia Fattouh on or +971 505578983