Marko Daniel has been named the new director of the Joan Miró Foundation in Barcelona, Spain, Vanessa Graell of El Mundo reports. Citing Daniel’s knowledge of the artist’s work and of Catalan, Spanish, and international art and culture, as well as his “competence in fiscal management,” the foundation’s board unanimously approved the appointment. He will take up the post in January 2018.
Daniel succeeds Rosa Maria Malet, who will retire after leading the foundation since 1980. She will continue authenticating Miró’s work at the request of the estate’s administrators, the Association pour la Défense de l’œuvre de Joan Miró, and will become a new member of the foundation’s board of trustees.
An expert in contemporary Chinese and Catalan art, Daniel joined Tate Modern as curator of public programs in 2006, and he held this position at both Tate Modern and Tate Britain from 2011 till now. During his tenure, Daniel cocurated the exhibition, “Joan Miró: L’escala de l’evasió” (2011–12), which also traveled to the Joan Miró Foundation and the National Gallery in Washington, DC.
The foundation’s search committee included the director of Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona, Ferran Barenblit; director of the Museo de Bellas Artes de Bilbao, Miguel Zugaza; deputy director of the Pompidou, Brigitte Leal; curator of painting and sculpture at New York’s MoMA, Anne Umland; Miro’s nephew, Joan Punyet Miró; and outgoing director Rosa Maria Malet.