Comings and Goings

This month:


Elna Svenle named director of Sweden's Vandalorum foundation

Vandalorum, an art and design foundation in southern Sweden, has announced that Elna Svenle will be its new director, starting 1 August. Svenle, a New York-based curator and art critic, most recently served as curator of the Wanås Foundation in Sweden, and previously worked as a curatorial assistant at MoMA/PS1.

Karin Campbell joins Joslyn Art Museum

Karin Campbell becomes the curator of contemporary art at the Joslyn Art Museum in Omaha, Nebraska on 1 June. Campbell most recently worked as an independent curator at the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, where she was the first American to curate the institution’s annual Espai 13 series for emerging artists.

Blanton Museum of Art adds three new hires

The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin recently announced three major hires. Ray Williams, who previously oversaw the Fogg, Busch-Reisinger and Arthur M. Sackler Museums at Harvard University, will become director of education and academic affairs at Blanton on 18 June. Francesca Consagra, who has served as senior curator at the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis since 2008, becomes Blanton’s senior curator of prints, drawings and European paintings on 25 June. And Colette Crossman has already started at Blanton as its curator of exhibitions after serving as the museum’s administrator of arts and programmes.

Dallas creates new chief conservator post

Amidst a variety of new hires, the Dallas Museum of Art announced in March that it is creating another new position: Mark Leonard will be the museum’s first chief conservator, starting 1 July. Leonard previously spent nearly three decades working in the paintings conservation department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, ultimately leading it from 1998 to 2010. He has spent the past two years pursuing his own career in abstract painting.

Thomas Kellein leaves Chinati Foundation

After just 15 months in the position, Thomas Kellein has resigned as director of the Chinati Foundation in Marfa, Texas. A press release from the organisation announcing his departure made a point to say that “Chinati is on particularly strong footings”, and that with its current staff, they have flexibility to conduct a prolonged, international search for a new director. Kellein will serve as a consultant to the foundation for the next six months. Before moving to Texas, he served as the director for the Kunsthalle Bielefeld museum in Germany since 1996.

Emre Baykal to curate Turkish pavilion in Venice

The Turkish pavilion at the 55th Venice Biennale in 2013 will be curated by Emre Baykal, who served at the Istanbul Biennial as assistant director from 1995 to 2000 and as director from 2000 to 2005. More recently, Baykal was director of exhibitions at SantralIstanbul, an arts and culture complex housed in a former power station, from 2005 to 2008. He is now exhibitions director and curator at Arter, an exhibition space presented by a Turkish non-governmental charitable organisation.

Gaëtane Verna heads up Toronto's Power Plant

Gaëtane Verna, who had served as the executive director and chief curator of the Musée d’art de Joliette in Lanaudière, Quebec since 2006, became director of the Power Plant Contemporary Art Gallery in Toronto in early March. Prior to her time at in Québec, Verna was curator of the Foreman Art Gallery from 1998 to 2006 at Bishop’s University in Sherbrooke, Quebec, where she also taught in the art history department.

Francesco Bonami becomes Milan cultural adviser

The high-profile Italian scholar and curator Francesco Bonami is adding another post to his bulging portfolio, taking on an official advisory role to Milan’s cultural commissioner Stefano Boeri. Bonami’s task is to create a contemporary art masterplan, incorporating programming, for venues across the city. The art world veteran is set to curate several exhibitions as part of his brief including “Addio anni 70: art in Milan 1969-1970” at the Palazzo Reale in May, followed by the inaugural show, “The Human Family”, at the new museum due to open this autumn in the planned Ansaldo, City of Cultures complex. This vast centre designed by David Chipperfield is located on the site of the former Ansaldo factory on Via Tortona. Bonami, the artistic director at the Fondazione Sandretto Re Rebaudengo in Turin, says that his goal “is to give to Milan a coherent and consistent [contemporary art] programme which has been lacking for decades”.

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