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Gregory Burke Departs Remai Modern to Lead New Zealand’s Auckland Art Gallery

Gregory Burke, who has served as director and CEO of Remai Modern in Saskatoon, Canada, since it opened in 2017, is stepping down in order to return to his homeland of New Zealand, where he will become the next head of the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki. Burke will remain at Remai Modern to help the museum through the leadership transition until March 15, 2019.

“The board offers Gregory our heartfelt thanks for his passion and dedication to the monumental project of opening Remai Modern, Canada’s newest modern art museum,” said Scott Verity, chair of Remai Modern. “We wish Gregory the very best in his new role, and look forward to continuing to build on the solid foundation he has created for Remai Modern.”

Under Burke’s leadership, Remai Modern celebrated its one-year anniversary in October, and, according to a recent report issued by the Saskatoon Regional Economic Development Authority, the institution helped boost the region’s gross domestic product by $21.3 million.

Prior to joining Remai Modern, Burke was executive director and CEO of the Mendel Art Gallery in Saskatoon, cocurator of La Biennale de Montréal, director of the Power Plant in Toronto, and head of Govett Brewster Art Gallery in New Zealand. Before he left New Zealand for Canada in 2005, he held positions at the Wellington City Art Gallery and the Arts Council of New Zealand.

Commenting on his decision to join the Auckland Art Gallery, Burke said: “Auckland is poised to come into its own in terms of its distinct cultural demographics and its growing connections to the global arts industry; and Auckland Art Gallery can take a lead in enhancing Auckland’s prominence as a destination. I look forward to working with the Auckland Art Gallery team to put us at the forefront of emerging trends in the art world and front of mind for visitors to our region.”