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Marc-Olivier Wahler to Direct Broad Art Museum at MSU

Michigan State University’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum has appointed Marc-Olivier Wahler as director. The Swiss native and former director and chief curator of Palais de Tokyo will succeed the founding director of the museum, Michael Rush, who died in March of last year.

“Marc-Olivier Wahler’s experience with international arts organizations makes him an ideal director for the Broad Art Museum at MSU, which in just a few years has demonstrated its global reach far beyond East Lansing,” said Eli Broad. Broad and his wife, Edythe, gifted the university $28 million to create the museum, which opened its doors in 2012.

With a career spanning twenty years, Wahler currently serves as founding director of Paris’s Chalet Society, artistic director for Amsterdam’s De Appel Arts Center and CI Contemporary Istanbul, and founding director of Portugal’s Transformer Sculpture Park. He has curated over 400 exhibitions, and has received numerous honors for his achievements including the 2013 Meret Oppenheim Prize—Switzerland’s most prestigious cultural award in the contemporary arts.

Wahler, who said that he was honored to take up the role as director, will begin at the institution on July 1. “The museum’s mission of employing international contemporary art and ideas as a platform for education and experimentation resonates deeply with so much of the work I have undertaken throughout my career.”