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Guggenheim Names New Director; Krens to Develop More Museums

Lisa Dennison
Photograph by Timothy Greenfield-Sanders

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is creating a new leadership position with an eye toward continuing its expansion throughout the world. Lisa Dennison, a 27-year veteran of the institution and formerly the museum's deputy director, has been named director of the Guggenheim Museum in New York. Officials there say that Dennison's new position will help free up time for Thomas Krens, the foundation's chief executive and artistic officer, so he may focus on new exhibition projects and museums currently in development.

During Krens' 17-year tenure at the foundation, he has played a pivotal role in the operation of museums in Bilbao, Las Vegas, Venice and Berlin. Now, the foundation has hired architect Enrique Norton and Zaha Hadid to do studies for museums in Guadalajara and Singapore, respectively. A Guggenheim museum is part of a large development proposal Norman Foster is designing for Hong Kong. And, Richard Gluckman is preparing a feasibility study for part of a renovation project for the foundation's new Russian partner, the Hermitage Museum.

Alex Ulam