Thomas Krens, director of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation will step down after nearly 20 years.  He will play an advisory role, overseeing the creation of the 452,000 square foot Guggenheim museum being built in Abu Dhabi.  He has been criticized for his arrogance, the Armani suit show underwritten by Armani, and most of all for his McDonald's-like franchising of Guggenheims around the world.   In the same breath, his development of Guggenheim satellites is a model of museum expansion copied by the Tate and the Louvre.  He is given credit for increasing the endowment from 20 to 118 million and for the success of Bilbao and shows such as "The Art of the Motorcyle" and the Cai Guo-Qiang retrospective. 
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The New York Times., 28 Feb 2008, Section Arts, p. E1

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Guggenheim's Provocative Director Steps Down