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Monika Szewczyk. Photo: Jennifer Tee.

De Appel in Amsterdam Names Monika Szewczyk Director

Amsterdam’s De Appel announced today that Monika Szewczyk will become its next director. The Polish curator most recently served on the curatorial team for Documenta 14 and will take up her new post at the contemporary arts center on May 1. Commenting on her role, Szewczyk said: “It’s a time of institutional renewal at De Appel and I am excited to work with the team and board to make the most of this opportunity.”

Prior to her move to Athens, where she has worked on the quinquennial since 2014, Szewczyk developed the inaugural exhibitions program of the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts at the University of Chicago. Previously, she spent four years as head of publications at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. She also served as a tutor at the Piet Zwart Institute for postgraduate studies and research. “These years kindled a great love for many people and initiatives then forging creative lives in The Netherlands, and for De Appel in particular as it was a key institutional partner, the creative home of dear colleagues, and an outlet for my emerging voice as a writer and speaker,” Szewczyk said in a statement.

Szewczyk succeeds Niels Van Tomme, who took the helm of the museum after the firing of former director Lorenzo Benedetti in 2015. Benedetti’s abrupt dismissal was followed by a funding scare for the institution—the Netherlands’ Council for Culture had advised slashing its state funding following criticism of De Appel’s infrastructure. When Van Tomme stepped down to join Brussels’s Argos Center for Art and Media in October of last year, he said that De Appel was in “good shape.”

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