Robert Kloos, Director for Visual Arts, Netherlands Consulate in NYC
Robert Kloos has been the Director for Visual Arts, Architecture & Design at the Consulate General of the Netherlands in New York since 1993. In that capacity he promotes cultural exchange between the Netherlands and the United States. He holds an MA in Art History from Leiden University, the Netherlands, and an MA in Visual Arts Administration from New York University. Over the years at the Cultural Department of the Consulate he has supported hundreds of projects at a wide variety of institutions throughout the country, ranging from small events at local non-profits to large-scale exhibitions at world-renowned museums. In 2009 he spearheaded a plan to donate the New Amsterdam Plein & Pavilion (UN Studio/Ben van Berkel) as a permanent gift from The Netherlands to New York to commemorate 400 years of friendship. In 2010 he implemented a new set of social media platforms under the name Orange Alert – Dutch Art Events that featured Dutch art, design and architecture. In 2013 these platforms were rebranded and expanded under the title Dutch Culture USA, now including information on all arts disciplines across the U.S.