Philipp Kaiser, who works as an independent curator and art critic in Los Angeles, California, retains close links to the Swiss art scene. He is currently preparing a comprehensive exhibition of the archive and library of the late, world-famous Swiss curator Harald Szeemann at the renowned Getty Research Institute in LA. Kaiser, who holds a PhD in art history, began his career in Switzerland. From 2001 to 2007, he worked as curator for modern and contemporary art at the Museum für Gegenwartskunst in Basel. He then moved to the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) in Los Angeles. At the age of 39 he was appointed director of Museum Ludwig in Cologne.
Positions as visiting professor at the Akademie der Bildenden Künste in Karlsruhe, the University of California in Los Angeles and, also in California, the Claremont Mc Kenna College give evidence of his close ties to teaching and research.