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Thomas J. Berghuis, Director of Indonesia’s Museum MACAN in Nusantara, Steps Down

Thomas J. Berghuis, director of Indonesia’s Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Nusantara (Museum MACAN) since May 2015, is leaving his post to return to his work as an independent curator, scholar, and consultant for art institutions. The museum is in the process of an international search for a new director. The museum’s also appointed two new curators—Agung Hujatnika and Charles Esche—who will continue the curatorial program Berghuis started.

The museum’s founder and its foundation president, Haryanto Adikoesoemo, said, “We are grateful to Dr. Berghuis for helping us lay the groundwork for Museum MACAN. His contributions have been invaluable to our institution’s early development, and will undoubtedly help ensure its success. I understand his desire to focus on his passions of curatorial work and scholarship, and appreciate his willingness to work with us in finding the right moment to make this transition.”

“It’s been an incredible experience to work with the MACAN team to help realize Haryanto’s dream of providing Indonesia with its first world-class contemporary art museum,” said Berghuis. “I will look forward to continuing to work with museum leadership over the next several months, and to seeing all of our hard work culminate in next year’s opening. I anticipate that we will be collaborating on important projects in the future.”