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Kasper König

BIG THINGS ARE EXPECTED of Kasper König when he becomes director of Cologne's Museum Ludwig in November. A former Warhol Factory worker, founder of the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design's influential publishing program, and most recently dean of the Frankfurt Städelschule and director of the institution's Portikus project space, the fifty-six-year-old König is incontestably a mover and shaker—and Cologne could use a little moving and shaking. Arguably Europe's most prominent contemporary art center in the '80s, Cologne's star dimmed during the '90s, a result of rising taxes and a slowed national economy as well as competition from a resurgent post-unification Berlin. The current Museum Ludwig, which opened in 1986, was hit especially hard by the death in 1996 of Peter Ludwig, whose distinguished collection of twentieth-century art serves as the backbone of the institution. The

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