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  • Claire Bernardi. Photo: Sophie Crepy.

    Claire Bernardi to Helm Musée de l’Orangerie

    The French Ministry of Culture on Thursday announced that it has selected Claire Bernardi as the next director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris. Bernardi, since 2012 a curator at the Musée d’Orsay, Paris, takes the reins from Cécile Debray, who this past October was named head of the Picasso-Paris Museum. In her new role, Bernardi will work closely with Musee d’Orsay chief Christopher Leribault, who himself is new to his position, having recently replaced Laurence des Cars, who last spring was named the first woman to lead the Louvre.

    The Musée de l’Orangerie, which occupies the Tuileries

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  • Adjoa Jones de Almeida and Carolyn Royston. Photos: Jonathan Dorado.

    Brooklyn Museum Names Adjoa Jones de Almeida and Carolyn Royston as Deputy Directors

    The Brooklyn Museum today announced the creation of two new roles and revealed their inaugurators, Artnews reports. Adjoa Jones de Almeida will serve as deputy director for learning and social impact, while Carolyn Royston joins the museum as deputy director for engagement. Jones de Almeida will move over from the museum’s education division, of which she has been director since 201, while Royston arrives from Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum, in New York, where she is chief experience officer.

    Both bring deep experience to their roles. Before arriving at the Brooklyn Museum in 2013,

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  • Talia Rosen, Arne Glimcher, Kathleen McDonnell, and Oliver Shultz. Photo: © Luca Pioltelli/Pace Gallery.

    Pace Announces Gallery 125 Newbury in New York

    Pace Gallery today revealed a new project space in New York. Gallery 125 Newbury will be helmed by Pace founder and chairman Arne Glimcher. Situated on the corner of Broadway and Walker Street in the TriBeCa neighborhood, the space is named for the address of Pace’s inaugural gallery, founded in Boston in 1960. The gallery is expected to open this fall.

    Gallery 125 Newbury will operate in association with Pace, which is led by Glimcher’s son Marc Glimcher, who since 2011 has been the gallery’s president and CEO. Under the guidance of the senior Glimcher, who at eighty-three has six decades of

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  • Cynthia Chavez Lamar. Photo: Walter Lamar.

    Cynthia Chavez Lamar to Lead National Museum of the American Indian

    Cynthia Chavez Lamar has been named director of the National Museum of the American Indian, becoming the first Native woman to helm a museum under the aegis of the Smithsonian Institution in the 175 years since that organization’s founding. Chavez Lamar, who is of Hopi, Navajo, and Tewa descent and a member of the San Felipe Pueblo in central New Mexico, had since last year served as acting associate director for collections and operations for the museum, which has outposts in New York; Washington, DC; and Suitland, Maryland. She will assume her new role on Valentine’s Day.

    “I don’t see this as

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  • Stephane Ackermann. Photo: Protocinema.

    Stephane Ackermann (1969–2022)

    Independent curator and art historian Stephane Ackermann, whose keen eye for ingenuity and brilliance in art, design, fashion, textiles allowed him to help numerous artists reach their potential, died in his sleep on January 18 in Istanbul, where he lived. The news was confirmed by Mari Spirito, executive director and curator of Turkish nonprofit Protocinema, on whose advisory board Ackermann served. In the course of a career spanning three decades, Ackermann stood out for his deep knowledge regarding modern and contemporary art of Europe, the United States, and the Middle East. As a respected

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  • Nathalie Bondil. Photo: Miguel Legault/Flickr.

    Nathalie Bondil Settles with Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

    Nathalie Bondil, the former director and chief curator of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts (MMFA) who sued that institution’s board of directors for wrongful termination and defamation following her controversial 2020 firing by board chair Michel de la Chennelière, has reached a settlement with the entity. The amount the board will pay Bondil has not been revealed; in her initial suit, filed this past September in Canada’s Superior Court, she sought a total of $1.5 million, claiming $750,000 for moral damages and $750,000 for punitive damages.

    Bondil had worked at the MMFA for more than two

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  • Amsterdam’s Van Gogh Museum is offering salon services in protest of the Netherlands’ lockdown rules. Photo: Sebastian Koppehel/Wikipedia Commons.

    Protesting Lockdown Measures, Dutch Museums Open as Gyms, Salons

    A number of arts organizations across the Netherlands today opened their doors in entirely new and unexpected capacities today in order to protest what they see as unfair lockdown rules. Under Covid-19 restrictions imposed in December amid yet another virus surge, museums, theaters, concert halls, and cinemas must remain shuttered while nonessential commercial concerns such as gyms, barbershops, brothels, and nail salons were late last week given permission to conduct business within limits imposed by the government.

    Among the participants in the protest, which organizers have cast as playful

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  • Zdenka Badovinac.

    Zdenka Badovinac to Lead Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art

    Curator and writer Zdenka Badovinac, who in December 2020 was forced by Slovenia’s new right-wing government from her post as director of Ljubljana’s Moderna Galerija, a position she had held since 1993, has been announced as the new director of the Zagreb Museum of Contemporary Art (MSU). The news was first reported by Croatian daily Jutarnji List, which noted that she bested all other contenders in an open call for applicants and subsequently won the approval of Zagreb mayor Tomislav Tomašević.

    “I was very excited and honored when I received the news,” said Badovinac in a statement published

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  • Victoria Siddall is the latest high-level staffer to leave the company in the past several years. Photo: Frieze.

    Veteran Director Victoria Siddall Leaves Frieze

    Victoria Siddall, board director at Frieze, will depart her role there in March after eighteen years with the organization. Siddall, who cast her decision to step down as a “difficult” one, is the latest high-level staffer to leave the company in the past several years. She follows in the footsteps of Rebecca Ann Siegel, who left as director of the Americas in August 2021; Loring Randolph, who resigned as director of Frieze New York and as artistic director of the Americas in 2020; and Bettina Korek, who departed as executive director of Frieze Los Angeles in 2019 in order to serve as CEO of

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  • Tate Liverpool. Photo: El Pollock/Wikipedia Commons.

    Tate Liverpool Plans $34 Million Gallery Overhaul

    Tate Liverpool has launched a search for an architect to oversee a £25 million ($34 million) restoration of its facilities. The museum occupies a landmark brick structure on the Royal Albert Dock dating to the mid-nineteenth century and designed by Jesse Hartley. The seven-story former warehouse was revamped in the late 1980s by architectural firm Stirling Wilford ahead of Tate Liverpool’s 1988 inauguration there, resulting in the five-story gallery present today. With this latest conversion, the institution hopes to match the “ambition of today’s most exciting artists” and to create an environment

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  • Dieter von Graffenried. Photo: Parkett.

    Dieter von Graffenried (1953–2021)

    Dieter von Graffenried, publisher of the acclaimed international art journal Parkett, of which he was also a cofounder, died December 19 at the age of sixty-eight. According to the journal, he experienced a heart attack while cross-country skiing “on a glorious day in his beloved Upper Engadine.” Frequently characterized by those he knew as ebullient, outgoing, and tireless, Graffenried was instrumental not only in Parkett’s founding but in its sustained and expanded success. During his thirty-plus year tenure with the bilingual journal, it gained renown for its unique artist-oriented focus and

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  • The Art Institute of Chicago. Photo: Raed Mansour/Flickr.

    More US Museum Staffers Unionize as Pandemic Drags On; Institutions Increase Incentives

    As the Covid-19 crisis looks set to enter its third year, US museum workers, many of whose jobs were precarious or attached to low wages even prior to the pandemic, continue to push for unionization in an effort to gain some measure of job security and ensure safe working conditions. Staff at the Art Institute of Chicago this week concluded a process begun last summer and voted overwhelmingly to unionize, with 144 in favor, twenty-two against, and twenty votes “not counted due to management challenges.” The employees will join the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees,

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