“Philipp Kaiser”

Philipp Kaiser, a very “Public” person

Philipp Kaiser is a man of vision. This year Art Basel chose him to direct the Public sector, following in the footsteps of Nicholas Baume. He tells AMA about how to organize a city-wide show with some of the best living artists, about the changing dynamics of the art world, and the challenges and opportunities unique to Miami Beach. Kaiser has had many different roles throughout his career and for many years he worked on the institutional side of things. He was the Director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, the Senior Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Curator of Contemporary and Modern art at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Basel, Switzerland. In that capacity, he worked with many of the most influential artists of the past half century, and put together a string of exhibitions that still have people talking today, such as the monumental “Ends of the Earth: Land Art to 1974.” More recently, Kaiser has been working as an independent curator and in that capacity he has had the chance to work more directly with gallerists, and to examine how art intersects with the public outside the walls of museums. Earlier this year he accepted the challenge of curating the Swiss Pavilion at the Venice Biennale. It was the first time Swiss artists were chosen by an independent curator rather than being nominated. Following that success, his current undertaking is to curate Public, the public art side of Art Basel Miami 2017.   Public is always one of the most dynamic, exciting elements of Art Basel Miami. What is your vision for Public 2017? I titled it “Territorial” because I felt it is interesting that one of the ontological qualities of sculpture is territorial. Sculpture always claims space. It doesn’t just...

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The Swiss pavilion of the 57th Venice Biennale pays homage to Alberto Giacometti

In 2017, the Swiss pavilion’s exhibition for the 57th Venice Biennale, from 13 May to 26 November, will be curated by Philipp Kaiser and will pay homage to Alberto Giacometti (1901-1966). Titled “Women of Venice”, this group exhibition will focus on the contemporary legacy of the sculptor who systematically declined invitations to represent Switzerland in Venice.  Alberto Giacometti, born in Borgonovo in the Grisons canton, defined himself as an international artist and always refused to be associated with a national identity. Even when the new Swiss pavilion was constructed by his brother, architect Bruno Giacometti, in 1952, Alberto, invited to show his works there, suggested that another artist be featured instead of him. In 1956, he finally agreed to present, in the French pavilion, a set of sculptures called “Women of Venice”. Alberto Giacometti was awarded the Grand Prix for Sculpture in Venice in 1962, several years before his death, as a sign of international recognition of his...

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News on the 2017 Venice Biennale

Plans are coming together for the 57th edition of the Venice Biennale. After the announcement that Britain will be represented by Phyllida Barlow, we now know that Jesse Jones will be representing Ireland while the Swiss pavilion will be in the hands of Philipp Kaiser. Jesse Jones will be joining forces with stage actress Olwen Fouéré in a performance exploring “national representation at Venice as an alternative site of the Irish state”. Jones’ work questions social and political issues including the State’s control of women’s bodies. Jesse Jones says that she is “excited to rise to this challenge and create an exhibition that will stimulate debate on issues of urgent political and social relevance in Ireland and across the world. ” Meanwhile, the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia has entrusted curatorship of its pavilion to Philipp Kaiser. Born in Berne, Philipp Kaiser lives and works in Los Angeles where he is currently preparing an exhibition on the library and archives of Harald Szeemann for the Getty Research Institute (Los Angeles). Formerly the director of the Ludwig Museum in Cologne, he has also been curator for modern and contemporary art at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel, and has taken part in various exhibition projects with the MoCA in Los...

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Philipp Kaiser retires from post as director at Cologne’s Museum Ludwig

Cologne, 6 December 2013, Art Media Agency (AMA). Philipp Kaiser, former chief curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles (MOCA), is to retire, after a little more than a year as the director of the Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany. The German publication Express reported that the former director stated that his decision was a difficult one, and was motivated by family...

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