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KLAUS BIESENBACH

ON: BEAUTY

Klaus Biesenbach is director of MoMA PS1, chief curator at large at The Museum of Modern Art, and founding director of KW (KUNST-WERKE) Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin. 

photographs
Michael Avedon

creative direction
Melissa Jones

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WHAT IS BEAUTY TO YOU?

One of the reasons I get up in the morning.

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HOW DO YOU THINK OUR VISION OF BEAUTY HAS CHANGED OVER THE YEARS?

It's timeless but looked at differently each day.

 

WHO WAS A BEAUTY ICON IN YOUR YOUTH?

Marlene Dietrich.

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WHAT FOR YOU IS THE ANTITHESIS OF BEAUTY?

For me there is a pair, truth and beauty...so it has to be the antithesis of both truth and beauty, which is "fake".

 

WHAT WAS YOUR MOST RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL? 

I recently went to Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria and visited the mountain community of El Cerro to see the project by the artist Chemi Rosado-Seijo. For the past 15 years Rosado-Seijo has been painting the houses of this village different shades of green. I was so impressed by the positivity, patience, and hopeful attitude of the inhabitants of Puerto Rico after the hurricane. As I left, I remember looking back and seeing the beautiful green of the trees that were just sprouting back in this defoliated area, surrounded by the village that was also green. This was a picture of great beauty.

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The coffee cup of Klaus Biesenbach, November 3rd 2017, 7:59am. A known minimalist, we noted how Klaus even finished the very last drop of his coffee the morning of our shoot. The black empty inside of the white coffee cup stands as a memory of our morning with Klaus, the "beautiful nothing” that became his "beautiful something”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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