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Museum directors

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Appointments

Montreal Museum of Fine Arts appoints new director

Stéphane Aquin faces the challenge of restoring stability after Nathalie Bondil’s disputed removal

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Museums & Heritage

Visionary leaders, big business and the digital boom: 30 years that changed museums

On The Art Newspaper’s anniversary, Donatien Grau reflects on the radical expansion of museums' financial, political and cultural influence

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Museum directors

Lacma has put its director’s spacious $6.57m home on the market

A more modest Los Angeles dwelling seems to be lined up for Michael Govan

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Appointments & departures

Six women, one foreigner: Italy appoints 13 new museum and heritage directors

Culture minister Dario Franceschini reverses trend for appointing foreign leaders for its leading institutions

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Museum directors

Employees at Montreal Museum of Fine Arts argue that director’s ouster was justified

In a letter, over 100 current and former staff members say she presided over chaos, harassment and intimidation

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Musée du Louvre

'I am not too worried by crowd problems': Louvre director predicts visitor numbers will drop by 80%

Jean-Luc Martinez believes that capitalising on the museum's permanent collection will be key to recovery

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Interview

Kaywin Feldman on how America's National Gallery of Art will 'attract the nation and reflect it, too'

The Washington museum's first female director is breaking down old silos and diversifying the staff, collection and exhibitions

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Museum directors

Udo Kittelmann will leave Berlin Nationalgalerie next year

The museum director, who manages five Berlin museums in his current role, will not renew his contract which expires in October 2020

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Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles

Young collectors collaborate for MoCA

The Director’s Council comprises 25 to 30 names from the fashion, entertainment and finance industries.

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Nazi loot

Tate’s director criticises government report on Nazi loot

Nicholas Serota says the document, which recommends the restitution of a Constable from the gallery’s collection, contains multiple inaccuracies

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Moscow

Tate Modern is our model, says director of Pushkin museum

Maria Loshak seeks industrial space for Modern and contemporary art satellite in Moscow

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Tate Britain

Room with a view tops off Tate Britain’s revamp

Penelope Curtis, the gallery’s director, aims to accentuate the strengths of the collection and the building

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Lacma

LA director Michael Govan to rehang Pinault’s art

Venice exhibition will draw on works from Pinault's vast collection

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Nicholas Serota

Collectors' gift of Hockney and Freud to the Tate honours its director

Mercedes and Ian Stoutzker have conferred an exceedingly generous donation on the gallery

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Museums

An analysis of the mission statements of leading US art museums exposes collective search for purpose

The words chosen by directors reflect a desire to quash ambiguity and carve out their space in the contemporary art landscape

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Martin Roth

We have an obligation to share collections abroad says V&A director

The V&A’s new, German-born director Martin Roth on what he learned in Dresden—and Beijing

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Women in art

Fewer women lead museum boards in Norway

Museum mergers have cut numbers

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Museum directors

Interview with Tate's Penelope Curtis on her vision for the gallery: Avoiding the cliché of combining old and new

Making more of Tate Britain’s building and rehanging the collection

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Mark Jones to step down as director at V&A

End of an era of modernisation

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Museums

Italian to run Warsaw’s Centre for Contemporary Art

Poland appoints first foreign museum director

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Museums & Heritage

News from London: Quinn’s polymorphous perversity and Joffe’s secret shop

A night at the Turk’s head, a farewell to Tate Modern’s bon viveur, and the only party to support on election night

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Tate Modern

Chris Dercon as Tate Modern's new director

Outgoing director Vicente Todoli is off to seek new challenges

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Valencia

Museo Valenciano de la Ilustración director steps down

Follows censorship controversy

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Jeffrey Deitch

Deitch: first glimpse of plans for Los Angeles

The Museum of Contemporary Art could see Ofili's Tate survey enter its doors

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Jeffrey Deitch

Jeffrey Deitch bags top job as director of MoCA, Los Angeles

Gallerist turns museum director

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Museum directors

Knives out for Pinault over resignation of Palazzo Grassi director

After director quits, billionaire accused of grandstanding his private collection

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Tate Britain

News bites: the art world celebrates, commemorates, curates, complains, and ... stinks

Dr Penelope Curtis is a renowned scholar but also has a track record—as an exhibited artist

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Ullens Center for Contemporary Art

Conveyor belt of directors continues as the world wonders, what is going on at the Ullens Center in Beijing?

Since it opened last November, four out of five senior curators and directors have left and one has apparently been redeployed

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Museums

MoMA zeroing in on contemporary art with new associate director position

The former head of the Walker Art Centre takes up the newly created post next year

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April 2007

MoMA defends director’s secret pay

Glenn Lowry received more than $5m through a separate trust which the New York museum's trustees argue was “legal and ethical”

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Museums

MoMA’s secret fund for director

Trust payment “raises serious questions”

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Nicholas Serota

Tate director heads to Houston instead of Miami

Serota takes a mysterious trip

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Provenance

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

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Features

The Art Newspaper exclusive on the memoir MoMA declined to publish: The details

Here we publish an account of the memoirs of the late William S. Rubin, director of the paintings and sculpture department of the Museum of Modern Art, New York, for 15 years

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Iran

Sami Azar reinstated as director of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art following protests by artists

“This is the only time in Iran that a cultural manager has been supported by artists like this”, he tells The Art Newspaper

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Iran

How Sami-Azar, head of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, has been the mediator that Iranian artists yearned for

With the view that creative outlet precedes change, Sami-Azar has begun to thaw segregationist policies that bar Iranian artists from international acclaim

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Iran

Ali-Reza Sami Azar, director of Tehran's Museum of Contemporary Art, has stepped down

Whilst the motivation behind his departure is unexplained, his career , driven by his reformist values, has left its mark on Iranian culture

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Letters

Letter: Director argues MoMA is misrepresented

From Glenn D. Lowry, Director of The Museum of Modern Art, New York

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Whitney Museum of American Art

A new international role for the Whitney under Adam Weinberg

The museum's new director has assembled his curatorial team and is preparing to steer it on a radical new course

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Smithsonian Institution

Smithsonian reshuffle elevates status of art museums to that of scientific and historical study

The five art museums run by the federal body are now overseen by just one senior manager, Hirshhorn director Ned Rifkin

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Nicholas Serota

Tate director, Nicholas Serota: Recent art is patrimony too

Serota discusses export laws and what is truly significant to public collections

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Museums

Official recognition for Prado director sacked for signing petition against 1991 war in Iraq

"I served with all my might", said Alfonso Perez Sanchez

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Disasters & destruction

Philippe de Montebello on the sack of the Iraq Museum: “Is it sensible for all the eggs to be in one basket?”

The Art Newspaper speaks to the director of the Metropolitan about the historical significance of the Iraq Museum's plunder and how disasters of its kind can be dealt with

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March 2003

The Dulwich Picture Gallery organises sponsored walk to meet £100,000 shortfall in annual budget

Museum director will don Clarks shoes and fill his pockets with Kendal Mint cakes for the 150-mile trek

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Tate

Tate poaches director of Van Abbemuseum

John Debbaut joins Nicholas Serota at Tate

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Nicholas Serota

In defence of Tate: Gainsborough acquisitions

Tate Director Nicholas Serota comments on recent criticism

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Museums & Heritage

Gainsborough's House director Hugh Belsey on competing with Tate: Goliath wins

Should Gainsborough’s House have given way to the Tate over a painting in the current Tate exhibition?

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Vicente Todoli

Interview with Tate Modern's new director Vicente Todoli: “Globalisation is the essential spirit of art”

The Spaniard speaks on his 20 years of experience and his visions of the future

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Vicente Todoli

The highest profile vacancy in the art world has finally been filled with the appointment of Vicente Todoli as the new director of Tate Modern

A Spaniard for Tate Modern

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Museums

San Francisco MoMA has new director

Mr Benezra comes to the city's Museum of Modern Art from The Art Institute of Chicago

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News

New director for the Warburg Institute

Charles Hope is to succeed Nicholas Mann

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The new director of the Victoria & Albert Museum, Mark Jones, says,“I want to get curators back into the heart of decision-making”

V&A in search of global partners

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Coins and medals expert appointed to Victoria & Albert Museum

Mark Jones comes from directing the National Museum of Scotland

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Whitechapel Gallery

News from London: Whitechapel gallery celebrates its centenary with a new director while Michael Landy has a breakdown in Marble Arch

Meanwhile, Tracey Emin pushes up the bids in Islington, and there are rumblings at the Royal Academy

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National Trust

Fiona Reynolds is the new director general of Britain’s leading heritage charity

'I love the passion here'

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The consensus is that one of the world’s greatest museums, the V&A, has lost its way. A strong leader is needed.

Decorative arts flagship seeks captain who believes in its contents and curators

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A looking for new director

Alan Borg's contract extended until next year

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Iwona Blazwick

Iwona Blazwick on her time with Tate and the future of Whitechapel

The number two position at Tate Modern might satisfy most curators but Blazwick has given it up to direct the Whitechapel Art Gallery

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Museums & Heritage

The rebirth of Florence's Villa Stibbert

Director Cristina Aschengreen-Piacenti has pioneered the project, refusing to allow the residence of a great Anglo-Florentine collector to fade from memory

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Tate Modern

A whole new neighbourhood of art: Tate Modern invigorates the South Bank

Giles Waterfield, former director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery, looks at this witty and non-judgemental enterprise, one of many visual art developments already around the future Tate Gallery of Modern Art

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Berlin State Museums

New chief Klaus-Dieter Lehmann wants more autonomy for Berlin’s State Museums

The incoming chair of the Preussischer Kulturbesitz thinks change is needed, but collector Heinz Berggruen defends outgoing museum director’s record

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Opinion: Martin Borg should stop wasting time and money on his plan for a £70 million Libeskind extension

No go for the V&A Libeskind

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Museums

Tate Modern's first director is Lars Nittve

The Swede comes straight from heading Denmark's Louisiana Museum of Modern Art

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Interviews

First Interview with MoMA's new director Glenn Lowry on modernising the Modern

Gertrude Stein asks: museum or modern? MoMA’s director replies

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Dear Alan Borg: An open letter to the V&A's new director

Suggestions from a former Assistant Keeper

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Victoria & Albert Museum

London, Alan Borg—a safe choice for the Victoria and Albert Museum

Medievalist director of the Imperial War Museum, an able fund-raiser, chosen by the Trustees

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Six years ago, Elizabeth Esteve-Coll sacked four keepers of curatorial departments and other staff. One of those keepers assesses her achievements

Has the V&A lost its head?

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum director to become Vice Chancellor of UEA

East Anglia University lures Elizabeth Esteve-Coll

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Museum directors

John Rothenstein, the Tate Gallery’s longest serving director, dies

Douglas Cooper v. the Knight Commander of the Mexican Order of the Aztec Eagle: round one

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Nicholas Serota

Nick Serota on his second Tate rehang and his vision for what will be “one of the great museums of late twentieth-century art”

Defending his acquisitions and looking to the future, Serita talks on exhibitions and an international outlook

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Whitney Museum of American Art

The vision for The Whitney under new leadership: less isolationist; diverse, rather than deep

David Ross, the new director reveals his ideas