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Power Ekroth and Erlend Hammer selected to curate Momentum Biennale in Moss, Norway

Power Ekroth and Erlend Hammer have been selected to curate the largest biennale in Scandinavia, the Momentum Biennale in Moss, Norway, in 2013. Ekroth is a Swedish-born freelance writer based in Berlin who has curated Nordic Art Today in St Petersburg in 2011 and the Nordic pavilion at the Dak’Art Biennale in Dakar in 2012. Hammer is a Norwegian-born writer also based in Berlin who curated the exhibition Oh How Time Flies at the Bergen Kunsthall in Bergen, Norway.

Susanne Gaensheimer to be curator of the German pavilion at Venice Biennale

Susanne Gaensheimer, director of the Museum of Modern Art, MMK, in Frankfurt, has been chosen to be curator of the German pavilion at the Venice Biennale for the second time. She chose filmmaker, visual artist and theatre director Christoph Schlingensief to represent Germany in her first role as curator. Details on next year’s biennale are due to be released in the autumn.

Director of the National Portrait Gallery Martin Sullivan stepping down

The director of the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, DC, Martin E. Sullivan, announced that after four years, he is stepping down from the position at the end of May, citing health reasons. Sullivan is still slated to become a senior scholar at the Smithsonian on 4 June. The gallery’s curator of prints and drawings, Wendy Wick Reaves, is scheduled to serve as acting director until the position is filled.

Achim Borchardt-Hume becomes Tate Modern’s head of exhibitions

Achim Borchardt-Hume begins as the Tate Modern’s head of exhibitions in November. He is currently chief curator at the Whitechapel Gallery in East London and previously served as a curator of modern and contemporary art at the Tate Modern from 2005-2009. In his new role, Borchardt-Hume is slated to oversee exhibitions, commissions, live events and film.

New Museum names Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin curators of 2015 Generational triennial

The New Museum in New York has named Lauren Cornell and Ryan Trecartin curators of its third Generational triennial in 2015. After seven years in the position, Cornell plans to step down in July as executive director of Rhizome to focus on the triennial. Trecartin is a multimedia artist whose work has been featured in numerous international shows, including the New Museum’s first triennial, “Younger Than Jesus”.

Mark Robbins becomes executive director of ICP

Mark Robbins becomes executive director of the International Center of Photography in July. Robbins previously served as curator of architecture at the Wexner Center for the Arts in Columbus, Ohio, from 1993-1999, director of design for the National Endowment for the Arts from 1999-2002, and dean of the School of Architecture at Syracuse University since 2004. Robbins succeeds Willis E. “Buzz” Hartshorn in the position.

Royal Scottish Academy elects Arthur Watson as 21st president

The Royal Scottish Academy (RSA) has elected Arthur Watson to be its 21st president. Watson was first elected to the RSA as an associate academician in 1986 and became a full academician in 2005. He has served as secretary of the academy since 2007. Watson fills the position after the death of the former president, Bill Scott.

Claire Shea named director of the Cass Sculpture Foundation

Claire Shea has been named director of the Cass Sculpture Foundation in Goodwood, West Sussex UK, which she joined in 2008 as curator. She previously served as the internship coordinator for the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice, Italy.

British Library appoints Roly Keating as chief executive officer

The British Library appointed Roly Keating to be its chief executive officer. Keating fills the position in September after 29 years at the BBC, where he currently serves as its director of archive content. Keating is the founding producer of the BBC’s The Late Show and previously worked as controller of BBC Four, where he led the launch of the channel in 2002, and BBC Two, where he oversaw the launch of numerous television programmes.

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation names Jason Kalajainen first creative director of artists colony

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation named Jason Kalajainen as the first creative director of its artists colony in Captiva Island, Florida, site of the late artist’s estate. Kalajainen is finishing a 6-year-long tenure as executive director of Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency in Saugatuck, Michigan, where he oversaw the construction of six new campus buildings. The Captiva Island program begins housing artist-residents in 2013.

President and chief executive of the Asia Society, Vishakha Desai, steps down

President and chief executive of the Asia Society, Vishakha Desai, will step down after 22 years with the institution and become a senior adviser for global policy and programs at the Guggenheim Foundation. Prior to becoming president in 2004, Desai served as the director of its museum, its vice president for arts and cultural programs and as senior vice president. She was previously a curator and head of public programs and academic affairs at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.

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