Klaus Biesenbach

Director of MoMA PS1 and MoMA chief curator at large

“I think of Klaus as a curator but so much more. But that word, cure, and the word curator is the best way that I could define what art has done for me,” gushed Lady Gaga after Biesenbach presented her with an artist award last October. Since then, Biesenbach has purchased a small geodesic dome, eaten vanilla ice cream at the Four Seasons with Agnes Gund and attended Proenza Schouler’s Fall 2016 show. So, business as usual for New York’s poker-faced celebrity curator? Well, not exactly. Twelve months ago Biesenbach announced a year of free admission to PS1 for New Yorkers. In December Jerry Saltz penned a hat-eating essay on how he ‘Learned to Love the MoMA Again’, citing the Biesenbach-curated Wael Shawky exhibition at PS1 as ‘one of the best shows of the year’. And in April, in an acknowledgement of the role Biesenbach played in making Berlin a throbbing contemporary art hub – as founding director of KW and the city’s biennial – Germany awarded him the Cross of the Order of Merit.