Appointments

Hartwig Fischer, former British Museum director, is appointed to run Saudi museum of world cultures

Fischer, who resigned after a thefts scandal at the British Museum, has been announced as the founding director of the new institution, which is expected to open in 2026

Marion Ackermann appointed first woman to run Berlin state museums

Ackermann is to take up the post in June 2025 after nine years managing Dresden’s state art collections

Icom names Medea Ekner as director general

Ekner, who was appointed interim director general last year, has 25 years of museum experience in Sweden and New Zealand

Hoor Al Qasimi named artistic director of the next Biennale of Sydney

Al Qasimi is the president and director of the Sharjah Art Foundation

Sylvain Amic is appointed chairman of the Musée d'Orsay in Paris

Former head of Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rouen takes over at a time of central government cuts to cultural institutions in Paris

Austria names Fatima Hellberg to run Mumok, Vienna’s museum of Modern art

Currently director of Bonn’s Kunstverein, Hellberg takes up her new post in October 2025

Kim Conaty, curator of prints and drawings at the Whitney Museum, promoted to chief curator

She was the curator of the museum's blockbuster Edward Hopper and critically acclaimed Ruth Asawa exhibitions

Nicholas Cullinan is appointed director of the British Museum

Cullinan, currently the director of the National Portrait Gallery, faces an array of challenges in rebuilding the oldest national museum in the world’s reputation

Canadian curators take the reins at UK institutions, Barbican and Spike Island

Devyani Saltzman is new arts director at City of London venue while Nicole Yip replaces Robert Leckie in Bristol

Former Musée D’Orsay director announced as new chair of Versailles

Christophe Leribault’s move ends a controversy around the extended tenure of his predecessor

Is Italy’s government meddling in who runs top museums?

Cultural figures voice concern about culture ministry’s appointments to run institutions including Florence’s Uffizi Galleries and Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera

Liverpool Biennial announces curator for 2025

Marie-Anne McQuay previously worked at the city's Bluecoat art centre, and currently holds positions including member of Arts Council Collection’s acquisitions committee

Right-wing veteran Rachida Dati appointed as France's new culture minister

Macron's appointment has taken the culture sector by surprise

Who wants to be the next British Museum director? Post advertised with a salary of £216,000

Successful candidate will have their work cut out for them to restore the institution's reputation after last year's theft scandal

Kevser Güler named new director of Istanbul Biennial

The decision comes in the aftermath of a controversy surrounding the appointment of the exhibition's curator

New Courtauld director Mark Hallett promises to ‘shout about’ art history’s importance

College chief faces double challenge of fundraising for renovation and diversifying the student body at the UK’s leading art institute

Bige Örer, director of the Istanbul Biennial, steps down after tumultuous year

Turkish arts chief says her decision is not prompted by controversy over curator selection

Jack Lang is re-elected chair of the Institut du Monde Arabe, securing his fourth term

The 84-year-old—the only candidate in the running— has extended a Palestinian culture season

Gasworks contemporary art centre in London appoints Robert Leckie as new director

Former Turner Prize judge replaces Alessio Antoniolli who has been in post for 18 years

UK's Royal College of Art appoints Christoph Lindner as vice-chancellor

The new president's previous roles have included a focus on the climate crisis

Italy appoints right-wing journalist as Venice Biennale president

Members of Italy’s ruling coalition have described the 128-year-old exhibition as a "fiefdom" of the left

Olga Yarutina is the new publisher and editor of The Art Newspaper Russia

The mission is to remain "an independent platform for debate and discussion"

Francesco Manacorda appointed director of Castello di Rivoli in Turin

The Italian curator replaces Carolyn Christov-Bakargiev, who steps down at the end of this year

British Museum appoints scientist Carl Heron as acting deputy director

The embattled institution is yet to announce an interim director after the resignation of Hartwig Fischer

Will Italy's right-wing government control who gets to direct the nation’s biggest museums?

Art historians are concerned the culture ministry is lining up candidates to run top institutions including Florence’s Uffizi Galleries and Milan’s Pinacoteca di Brera

Barbicaninterview

Shanay Jhaveri—the Barbican Centre’s first non-British head of visual arts—reveals his plans for the London institution

The Indian curator, appointed a year after a racism dispute at the centre, hopes to diversify audiences and expand the presence of art across the Brutalist complex

Istanbul Biennial rejected curator recommended by advisory board in favour of Iwona Blazwick

Defne Ayas was unanimously chosen to organise the next edition but was rejected by the foundation that runs the exhibition; Blazwick was selected despite sitting on the biennial advisory board

Artist Mary Evans to be first Black director of London's Slade art school

She joins following a protracted row over alleged systemic racism within the institution

Barbican arts chief Will Gompertz appointed director of London's Sir John Soane’s Museum

In a surprise move, the former BBC arts editor will replace Bruce Boucher who will retire after almost eight years at the eclectic institution