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Anselm Franke to curate 2012 Taipei Biennial

Anselm Franke has been named the curator of the 2012 Taipei Biennial. He was chosen by a selection committee whose members included Yukie Kamiya, the chief curator of the Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art, and Bartomeu Mari, the director of Museum of Contemporary Art in Barcelona. Between 2006 and 2010, Franke was the director of the Extra City Center for Contemporary Art in Antwerp. The German curator will organise the biennial before assuming his new role as the head of visual art and film department at the House of World Cultures, Berlin in January 2013.

Hou Hanru to lead Auckland Triennial in 2013

The fifth Auckland Triennial in 2013 will be led by the San Francisco-based, Guangzhou-born curator Hou Hanru. Hanru already has a number of international biennials under his belt, having curated the Lyon Biennale, the Istanbul Biennale and the Venice Biennale. This year, Hanru curated “Power of Doubt” at the PhotoEspagna fair and the Museo Colecciones ICO in Madrid, and in 2010 he organised “By Day, By Night, or some (special) things a museum can do” at the Rockbund Art Museum in Shanghai.

Douglas Fogle to leave Hammer Museum

Douglas Fogle has announced that he will leave his position of chief curator and deputy director of the Hammer Museum in February in order to pursue independent projects. He joined the museum in 2009 from the Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh. During his time at the Hammer, Fogle helped to secure several acquisitions for the museum’s contemporary collection, including works by Doug Aitken, Barbara Kruger and Ed Ruscha. The museum will begin to search for his replacement in the new year.

Emily Mello new director of education at MAM

The Miami Art Museum has named Emily Mello its director of education and public programmes. Prior to the appointment, Mello served as the curator of education at the Neuberger Museum of Purchase College in New York, where she organised artist talks, screenings, teacher professional development days and other public programmes. In her new role, Mello will plan the educational programming for the museum’s new facility, which is scheduled to open in 2013.

Tarnya Cooper to succeed Jacob Simon at National Portrait Gallery

Tarnya Cooper has been named the chief curator of 16th-century portraits at the National Portrait Gallery, London, following the retirement of Jacob Simon. Simon has held the post for ten years and will maintain a presence at the National Portrait Gallery as a voluntary research fellow. Cooper began her career at the museum as curator of 16th century portraits in 2002. She is currently preparing for an exhibition slated to open at the museum in 2013: “Elizabeth’s People”.

Franklin Sirmans named artistic director of Prospect.3

Franklin Sirmans will be the artistic director of Prospect.3 New Orleans, which is scheduled to open in October 2013. Sirmans is the department head and curator of contemporary art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. The fair’s founding director, Dan Cameron, continues to work with Prospect New Orleans as a member of the executive committee of the board of directors. Cameron, meanwhile, will himself head to the West Coast where he had been appointed chief curator at the Orange County Museum of Art, ending its three-year international search. He will take up his new position at the museum in January 2012.

Dieter Roelstraete new senior curator of MCA Chicago

Dieter Roelstraete is leaving his curatorial position at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Antwerp after three years of service to become the new senior curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. He starts in February 2012, ending the four-year gap caused by the 2008 move of former senior curator Francesco Bonami. Roelstraete is currently preparing a retrospective of Chantal Akerman, opening at the Belgian museum in February 2012.

Matthias Waschek named director of Worcester Art Museum

Matthias Waschek has been named the director of the Worcester Art Museum in Massachusetts. He succeeds long-standing director James Welu, who retired earlier this year, and was named director emeritus. For the past eight years, Waschek has served as the executive director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St Louis, where he doubled its annual operating budget.

Laura Raicovich to join Creative Time

Laura Raicovich has been appointed Creative Time’s director of global initiatives, effective January 2012. She comes to the position from the Dia Art Foundation, where she started working in 2002 as the liaison to the board of trustees, later becoming deputy director of the whole foundation. In her new post, Raicovich will develop international public programmes and oversee a series of global artists residencies. Other appointments include the addition of Marisa Mazria Katz, who has been named the editor of Creative Time’s Artists on the News initiative. Cara Starke will also be joining as the director of exhibitions. She comes to the organisation from the Museum of Modern Art where she was an assistant curator in the media and performance art department.

Patrick Charpenel to direct Jumex Foundation

Curator and collector Patrick Charpenel Corvera has been named the director of La Coleccion Jumex. The collection, which was amassed by Jumex juice heir Eugenio Lopez Alonso, will migrate from the outskirts of Mexico City to a new four-storey space designed by British firm David Chipperfield Architects. The new Polanco location is scheduled to open next year. Charpenel serves as an advisor for the delayed Barranca Museo de Arte Moderno y Contemporáneo project. Part of his own collection is on long-term loan to the Museo Universitario de Arte Contemporáneo in Mexico City.

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