The Holy Fool From Oberhausen: Christoph Schlingensief’s Riotous Art Comes to New York


“Tötet Helmut Kohl” (“Kill Helmut Kohl”) read the banner that got German artist Christoph Schlingensief arrested. It was 1997, and the sign aimed at the conservative chancellor was part of his project for Documenta, the prestigious quinquennial art festival in Kassel, Germany. He could have gotten off the hook by telling the authorities it was “just art,” but he and the young curator backing him had other plans. Read More

Hurricane Sandy

Klaus Biesenbach Opens VW Dome 2 in the Rockaways

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Entering the dome

“At last!” exclaimed Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1, as the bus bounced onto Crossbay Boulevard, a skinny ribbon of road surrounded by choppy water. The storm had started hours before the private bus left MoMA last Friday around noon, and the snow kept falling as the vehicle barreled past cemeteries, hair salons and kids off Read More

Art and Fashion

Klaus Biesenbach Will Join Former French ‘Vogue’ Editor Carine Roitfeld in Conversation

Ms. Roitfeld with Marc Jacobs. (Courtesy FIAF)

Klaus Biesenbach, director of MoMA PS1 and chief curator at large at the Museum of Modern Art, will be interviewing former French Vogue‘s editor in chief, Carine Roitfeld, on Monday, Nov. 5, at 7 p.m., at the French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF) about her creativity and inspiration. The talk, which is going forward as planned—a feat post-Sandy, to be sure!—is part of FIAF’s Art de Vivre series, Creative Leaders, for which the cultural center has invited influential French and American leaders in the fields of gastronomy, style and architecture to discuss their artful practice. Mr. Biesenbach is stepping in for Stefano Tonchi, the editor in chief of W Magazine, who is unable to make the event. Read More


Artists and Collectors on the Outdoor Art They Love

Peter Brant II, 2011. (Courtesy Patrick McMullan)

The ever-enterprising Architectural Digest has just published a post called “The Inquisitive Guest,” for which it asked a variety of art types, like MoMA PS1 director Klaus Biesenbach and artists Maurizio Cattelan, Marina Abramovic and George Condo, about their favorite places for viewing art outdoors. Their answers are astounding. Which artist loves the Tuileries in Paris? Who considers Pompeii a sculpture garden? And who could do without art in nature altogether? Read on. Read More