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De Appel Arts Center’s Board of Trustees Resigns

After Lorenzo Benedetti was fired as director of the De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam in September 2015 and a Dutch court upheld his dismissal, the members of the board of trustees at De Appel have now resigned “in part due to the developments surrounding the dismissal of director Benedetti,” according to an announcement on the center’s website. This is the same board that fired Benedetti after he had served as director for only one year. The Amsterdam District Court ruled that different interpretations of the role of director were the principal reason for his firing.

The staff of the curatorial training program at De Appel—including Charles Esche, Elena Filipovic, and Beatrix Ruf—called for the board’s resignation and had boycotted their own program in protest. In an open letter, they said the institution was “brought low in the eyes of the national and international art community” by the board’s treatment of Benedetti.

The now ex-board consisted of Alexandra van Huffelen, CEO of Amsterdam transportation firm GVB, as chairwoman; Wouter Han, managing director at finance firm Lazard Benelux, as treasurer; Suzanne Oxenaar, artistic director at Lloyd Hotel & Cultural Embassy, Amsterdam; Benno Tempel, director of the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague; and Hermine Voûte, an attorney with Amsterdam firm Loyens & Loeff.