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Tate Modern's first director is Lars Nittve

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

The Tate Gallery of Modern Art’s first director is Lars Nittve, a Swede. Mr Nittve, forty-four, will take over the Bankside project in the autumn, in time to make key decisions before the gallery opens in spring 2000. Born in Stockholm, he was senior curator at the Moderna Museet and founder director of Malmö’s Rooseum Centre for Contemporary Art. Since 1995 Mr Nittve has headed the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art at Humlebaek, north of Copenhagen. Last year he served as a juror for the Tate’s Turner prize. “Britain really does seem to be bursting with creative energy, and this is a great inspiration”, he said when the Bankside appointment was announced on 20 April. Mr Nittve was the curator of the major exhibition on Los Angeles art currently in Turin (see p.16).

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Swede for London MoMA'