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De Appel Director Niels Van Tomme Departs to Join Argos Centre for Art and Media

Niels Van Tomme, the director of the de Appel Museum in Amsterdam who joined the institution following a defunding scare in 2016, has announced that he will step down on November 30. Van Tomme took up the reins of the embattled institution after the controversial firing of its former director Lorenzo Benedetti and, according to a release, is leaving the de Appel in “good shape.” He will soon head to Brussels to lead the Argos Centre for Art and Media.

“I am very happy to bring my international network and my recent experiences in Amsterdam to the challenging context of Argos,” Van Tomme said in a statement. “I believe that this unique arts institute, with its special history, is able to promote an open and diverse metropolitan context, to offer space for experimentation, reflection and change, both artistically and socially.” Van Tomme succeeds Rolf Quaghebeur, who exited the center in August after a seven-year tenure at the organization.

Prior to working at the de Appel, Van Tomme served as director of arts and media at the Provisions Library in Washington, DC, and as curator at the Center for Art, Design, and Visual Culture in Baltimore. He has also organized exhibitions and presented public programming at the Kitchen in New York; Värmlands Museum in Karlstad, Sweden; and the Akademie der Künste in Berlin, among other institutions.