Mr. Thomas Krens, Chairman & CEO - Global Cultural Asset Management Group & Director Emeritus – Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation
As Director and Chief Artistic Officer of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation (1988-2008), Mr. Krens was responsible for the operation of five museums-- the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in New York, the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao in Spain, the Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin, and the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum Las Vegas.
During his 20 year tenure the Guggenheim Foundation produced 292 exhibitions for its museum network. As Guggenheim Director, doubled the size of the Guggenheim Collection; completed two major restorations of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Guggenheim Museum New York; doubled the size of the Peggy Guggenheim Collection Venice; increased Foundation endowment from $25 million to $120 million; and conceived of and executed Guggenheim Museum Bilbao and Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin.
Mr. Krens was responsible for developing the Cultural District Master Plan for the Government of Abu Dhabi, and in Nov. 2008 signed the agreement for the Guggenheim Museum Abu Dhabi, which will open in 2013.
Honorary Doctor of Fine Arts degrees from Yale University (2004), Williams College (2003), and the State University of New York at Albany (1990); Golden Lion Prize for Architectural Patronage at the Venice Architecture Biennale (2000); Lifetime Achievement Award, Americans for the Arts (2007); decorated with the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Government of Mexico (2007), and the Order of Friendship by the Government of the Russian Federation (2009); MBA Yale University (1984); MA State University of New York (1971); BA Williams College (1969).
Mr Krens was Assistant Professor of Art History, Williams College (1974-1982); Director of the Williams College Museum of Art and Adjunct Professor of Art History (1982-1988); Lecturer, Yale University School of Management 1990-91); founder and Chairman of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (MASS MoCA) 1988-1992.
He is a Member of the Association of Art Museum Directors; the Reunion de Musees Nationaux, Paris; the Council on Foreign Relations, New York; and the Societé Kandinsky of Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris.