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About do it (home)

What would happen if an exhibition never stopped? Since it began in 1993, with this question being asked by Hans Ulrich Obrist and artists Christian Boltanski and Bertrand Lavier, do it has become the longest-running and most far-reaching exhibition to ever happen.


In the years since Obrist, Boltanski and Lavier mused over the potential of “scores,” or written instructions by artists, to create exhibition formats that could be more flexible and open-ended, do it went from a selection of 12 instructions to an ongoing project including over 400 artists. Every time it was presented, in any of the 60+ venues worldwide, do it was re-interpreted anew. Many new versions appeared, including do it (museum), do it (home), do it (TV), do it (seminar), and an online do it in collaboration with e-flux, among others.

As many around the world are experiencing social distancing and orders to stay at home, ICI relaunched do it (home). A version of do it envisioned by Hans Ulrich Obrist in 1995 and produced by ICI, do it (home) assembled a set of artists instructions that could easily be realized in one’s own home. Since then, “do it has always taken place in public and in private—spheres of life that for many have coalesced in recent months,” says Obrist.


do it (home) is curated by Hans Ulrich Obrist and produced by Independent Curators International (ICI), New York. do it (home) is made available to art spaces internationally free of charge, in response to the COVID-19 crisis, with the support of ICI’s Board of Trustees, contributors to ICI’s Access Fund, and the Jeanne and Dennis Masel Foundation.