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Tate Appoints Gregor Muir Director of International Art Collection

The Tate has announced that Gregor Muir, executive director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, has been named the director of Tate’s international collection. He will succeed Frances Morris, the current director of Tate Modern, who has held the position since 2006. Muir will be responsible for developing the collection, supervising the international acquisitions strategy, and strengthening international networks, among other things. He will start at the organization in January 2017.

Muir has lead the ICA since 2011, which presented shows by artists including Tauba Auerbach, Pablo Bronstein, Isa Genzken, Richard Hamilton, and Bruce Nauman during his tenure. He also produced a series of off-site exhibitions in Birmingham, London, and Hong Kong. Muir also served as director of London’s Hauser & Wirth from 2004 to 2011. Previously, he worked as the Kramlich curator of contemporary art at Tate from 2001 to 2004. During this time, he curated “Time Zones” with Jessica Morgan at Tate Modern and “In-a-Gadda-da-Vid” with Clarrie Wallis at Tate Britain and acquired numerous works for Tate’s collection. In 1997, Muir founded Lux Gallery in Hoxton Square, Shoreditch. During the 1990s, he worked on various curatorial initiatives, including group shows featuring artists such as Jake and Dinos Chapman, Cerith Wyn Evans, Gary Hume, and Sam Taylor-Johnson. An accomplished writer, in 2009 he published a book, Lucky Kunst: The Rise and Fall of Young British Art, about London’s art scene in the 1990s.

Nicholas Serota, director of Tate said, “Gregor has, for decades, played a central role in promoting British and international contemporary art and has a wealth of relevant experience.” He added, “We look forward to working with him to further develop Tate’s collection for future generations.”