Franz-W. Kaiser (b. 1957) is leaving his post as head of exhibitions at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag. On 1 June 2016 he will take up the position of artistic director at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg, succeeding Dr. Ortrud Westheider, director of the exhibition space founded through the ZEIT-Stiftung for almost a decade.
In his time at the Gemeentemuseum Franz-W. Kaiser has curated a range of outstanding exhibitions featuring the work of Yannis Kounellis, Sol LeWitt, Jürgen Partenheimer, Wassily Kandinsky, Lucian Freud and many others. He was also responsible for several major exhibitions, including From Monet to Matisse, Art and Religion in Russia and Cézanne – Picasso – Mondrian. In 2014 Kaiser curated the major retrospective Mark Rothko which drew record numbers of visitors, followed in 2015 by the equally successful Hollands Deep by Anton Corbijn. His final exhibition for the museum is the current public favourite Karel Appel – Retrospective, which can be seen at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag until 16 May.
‘I am very much looking forward to starting my work at the Bucerius Kunst Forum in Hamburg’, Franz-W. Kaiser says. ‘The job there could almost have been created for me. It is a great honour to have been appointed to the role. The 27 years I have worked at Gemeentemuseum Den Haag have been hugely inspiring, and we have achieved a great deal.’ The management and staff thank Kaiser for his work and wish him every success in the future. ‘Franz Kaiser has played a major role in the development of Gemeentemuseum Den Haag’s high-profile programme of exhibitions, says director Benno Tempel. ‘It’s wonderful that he has been given this opportunity. We are all very proud here at the museum.’