Well, that didn't last long. Klaus Biesenbach is out at MOCA, days after new hire

Well, that didn't last long. Klaus Biesenbach is out at MOCA, days after new hire

9/11/2021 12:04:00 PM

Well, that didn't last long. Klaus Biesenbach is out at MOCA, days after new hire

Klaus Biesenbach, who recently shifted from director to artistic director, will lead Berlin's Neue Nationalgalerie and future Museum of the 20th Century.

PrintJust eight days after the Museum of Contemporary Art said Klaus Biesenbach would run the Los Angeles institution with a newly named co-leader, Biesenbach was announced Friday as the new director of the Neue Nationalgalerie and future Museum of the 20th Century in Berlin.

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The move, first reported by the Art Newspaper, is a wild departure fromMOCA’s announcement last week of Johanna Burton‘s appointment to the newly created role of executive director. In the MOCA news release, Burton said she was “excited to work closely with Klaus on visioning the next era of MOCA, listening closely to our staff and communities, while bringing the museum’s structures into ever-more vibrant alignment with the museum’s values.”

MOCA board chair Maria Seferian and the museum’s external PR representative have not responded to The Times’ requests for comment on the Biesenbach news.MOCAunveiled its restructuring plans in February. It called for Biesenbach’s title to change from director to artistic director, and for a new executive director to work in tandem with him. The move was in response to criticism the museum faced on a variety of issues including diversity and representation, and it came during a pandemic when MOCA was forced to make painful cuts to staff. headtopics.com

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Seferiansaid at the time that a two-pronged leadership structure “makes great sense for the strong future of the museum.”When Burton’s appointment was revealed last week, MOCA said Biesenbach would oversee the museum’s programming, exhibitions and artistic direction, while Burton would manage the finance, education, communications and human resources department.

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