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Klaus Ottmann to Receive the Medal of Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters

Klaus Ottmann—writer, critic, historian, and deputy director for curatorial and academic affairs at the Phillips Collection—will be awarded the medal of chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters by French minister of culture and communication Audrey Azoulay. “Throughout his career as a curator, art critic, and scholar, Klaus Ottmann has consistently offered American audiences the opportunity to discover the work of French artists, in particular the work of Yves Klein, of which he is a recognized scholar. His work has greatly contributed to the enrichment of French-American cultural exchange,” said Bénédicte de Montlaur, the French embassy cultural counselor. The award ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in New York on December 20.

Ottmann’s career in the arts spans more than thirty years. He has organized more than sixty exhibitions throughout the United States and Europe, including “Jennifer Bartlett: Place—A Survey of Paintings and Sculpture,” which opened at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 2013 and traveled to the Parrish Art Museum in 2014; “Hiroshi Sugimoto: Conceptual Forms and Mathematical Models” (2015) at the Phillips Collection; “Angels, Demons, and Savages: Pollock, Ossorio, Dubuffet,” which opened at the Phillips Collection and traveled to the Parrish Art Museum in 2013; and “Karel Appel: A Gesture of Color” (2016) at the Phillips Collection. Ottmann is also the author of Yves Klein by Himself: His Life and Thought and Yves Klein: Works, Writings (both 2010), in addition to many articles on the artist’s work.

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