Comings and Goings

This month:


Jochen Volz named head of programmes at London's Serpentine Gallery

Jochen Volz becomes head of programmes at the Serpentine Gallery in London this September, just ahead of the opening of the gallery’s new space in Kensington Gardens. He currently serves as the artistic director at the Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, Brazil, and even after moving to the UK, Volz will continue to serve on Inhotim’s board of curators. Volz replaces Sally Tallant, who was appointed the artistic director of the Liverpool Biennial.

Bernardo Laniado-Romero is director of Museu Picasso de Barcelona

Bernardo Laniado-Romero became director of the Museu Picasso de Barcelona in February after being appointed by a seven-person commission of artistic authorities. Previously serving as the director of the Museu Picasso de Málaga from 2004 to 2009, the native Ecuadorean Laniado-Romero presented his first exhibition—featuring collages by Picasso—at the Barcelona museum in early March, saying at the time that he intended to reinforce the city’s link to the museum during his time as director.

Three new senior staff postitions for Dallas Museum of Art

The Dallas Museum of Art has created three senior-level positions: the museum’s senior curator of European and American art, Olivier Meslay, is also taking up the role of associate director of curatorial affairs; Tamara Wootton-Booner, who most recently served as the museum’s chair of collections and exhibitions, becomes the associate director of collections and exhibitions; and a third position, the associate director of external affairs, has yet to be filled. Just days before creating the new posts, the Dallas Museum of Art named Robert Stein as its new deputy director of the museum. Stein served as the deputy director for research, technology, and engagement at the Indianapolis Museum of Art since 2010. He joined the IMA in 2006 and is noted for leading the team that launched the multimedia arts website in 2009. Prior to his career in museums, Stein worked in the high performance computing industry. He takes over in Dallas on 19 April.

Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum gets new curator

Nicholas Chambers becomes the curator of art at Pittsburgh’s Andy Warhol Museum in late April. Chambers arrives after serving as the head curator on a large survey exhibition of Warhol’s work in his native Australia in 2007. Most recently, he served as the curator of contemporary international art at the Queensland Art Gallery—Gallery of Modern Art in Brisbane.

Fulya Erdemci returns to Istanbul Biennial

Fulya Erdemci has been appointed as curator of the 13th Istanbul Biennial, which is slated for 14 September to 10 November 2013. Serving as the director of SKOR (Stichting Kunst en Openbare Ruimte) Foundation for Art and Public Domain in Amsterdam since 2008, Erdemci previously directed the Istanbul Biennial from 1994 to 2000, and has served a variety of curatorial roles at biennials across the world, including the 25th Biennale of São Paulo, the 2nd Moscow Contemporary Art Biennial, and the 12th International Cairo Biennial.

Suzanne Landau takes up dual post at Tel Aviv Museum of Art

Suzanne Landau is joining the Tel Aviv Museum of Art on 1 September, assuming the dual position of director and chief curator. Both positions had been vacant since the former director and chief curator, Mordechai Omer, died in June 2011. Landau has been the Israel Museum’s curator of contemporary art since 1982, and its chief curator since 1998. She’s credited by the museum for greatly expanding its collection of international contemporary art.

Sean Rainbird to become director of the National Gallery of Ireland

Sean Rainbird is slated to become the new director of the National Gallery of Ireland in April. Since 2006, he served as the director of Germany’s Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, which is largely dedicated to 20th-century art. He previously served for nearly 20 years at the Tate Gallery in London, becoming senior curator at the Tate Modern in 2000. Rainbird succeeds Raymond Keaveney, who retired in January after 33 years of service at the National Gallery of Ireland.

Philipp Kaiser leaves MOCA LA for Museum Ludwig, Cologne

The senior curator of Los Angeles’s Museum of Contemporary Art, Philipp Kaiser, is leaving to become director of The Museum Ludwig in Cologne, Germany, on 1 November. Following a series of unexpected, senior-level departures at MOCA, Kaiser is staying on until the end of May. He first joined the museum in 2007 after serving as the curator for modern and contemporary art for the Museum für Gegenwartskunst Basel in Switzerland for more than five years. Cologne’s Museum Ludwig specialises in modern and contemporary art.

Gary Vikan stepping down as director of Walters Art Museum

After serving as the director of The Walters Art Museum in Baltimore since 1994, Gary Vikan is stepping down from the position in June 2013. During his long tenure, Vikan greatly expanded the museum’s collections, notably its works of Ethiopian art, and is credited for increasing the institution’s attendance by more than 45% when he decided to waive The Walters’s general admission fee in 2006. Vikan originally joined the museum as the assistant director of curatorial affairs in 1985, and was appointed to President Clinton’s Cultural Property Advisory Committee in 1999. His successor has not yet been named.

Roger Mandle becomes senior adviser to Qatar Museums Authority chair

Former Getty director Michael Brand goes to Australia's Art Gallery of New South Wales

João Fernandes moves to Reina Sofía

Massimiliano Gioni to direct next Venice Biennale

Hyung-Min Chung is new director of Korea’s National Museum of Contemporary Art

Henry Urbach to head Glass House

Kevin Salatino named director of Bowdoin College Museum

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