For­eign­ers named to top of Italy’s great­est mu­se­ums

The China Post - - ARTS -

Italy Tues­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of seven for­eign­ers to head na­tional mu­se­ums as part of moves to re­vive some of the hall­marks of Ital­ian cul­ture.

The seven — three Ger­mans, two Aus­tri­ans, a Bri­ton and a French­man — are among 20 new names to over­see the in­sti­tu­tions, some of which are among world’s most pop­u­lar mu­se­ums but which have suf­fered from an out-of-date im­age in re­cent years.

They will be tasked with in­sti­tut­ing re­forms sought by Cul­ture Min­is­ter Dario Frances­chini to pro­mote the coun­try’s ex­cep­tional art col­lec­tions, in­clud­ing ex­pand­ing open­ing hours, ren­o­vat­ing the build­ings and de­vel­op­ing new prod­ucts.

The cul­ture min­istry said the 10 men and 10 women in­clude 14 art his­to­ri­ans and four arche­ol­o­gists. Of the 20 ap­pointees, 13 are Ital­ian.

Eike Sch­midt, a 47-year-old Ger­man art his­to­rian, will take over at he fa­mous Uf­fizi Gallery in Florence, while another Ger­man, Cecilie Holl­berg, 48, will head the city’s Ac­cademia Gallery.

France’s Syl­vain Bel­lenger, 60, an art his­to­rian, is to take charge of the vast Capodi­monte Mu­seum in Naples, and Ger­man Gabriel Zuchtreigel, a 34-yearold arche­ol­o­gist, will over­see the Paes­tum ar­chae­o­log­i­cal site near the city.

The pres­ti­gious Pi­na­coteca di Br­era in Mi­lan will be headed by a 59-year-old Bri­ton, James Brad­burne.

Aus­trian Peter Aufre­iter, 40, will take over the Na­tional Gallery of the Marches in Urbino, while his com­pa­triot Peter Ass­man, 61, will be in charge of the Ducal Palace in Man­tua.

With these 20 ap­point­ments “the or­ga­ni­za­tion of Ital­ian mu­se­ums will turn

a page and re­cover from decades of de-

lay,” said Frances­chini.


In this 2009 photo, Ger­man his­to­rian Eike Sch­midt poses for pic­tures in the gal­leries of the Min­neapo­lis In­sti­tute of Art in Min­neapo­lis, Min­nesota. Italy’s cul­ture min­is­ter an­nounced Tues­day, Aug. 18 that Sch­midt, a 47-year-old art his­to­rian, will run the famed Uf­fizi Gallery in Florence af­ter the gov­ern­ment opened up top mu­seum jobs for the first time to an in­ter­na­tional

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