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Uffizi Director Eike Schmidt Will Head to Vienna’s Kunsthistorisches Museum in 2019

Eike Schmidt, the director of the Uffizi galleries in Florence, will be leaving his current post to lead the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, reports Hannah McGivern of the Art Newspaper. Schmidt will be taking over the position from Sabine Haag in 2019, when his contract with the Uffizi expires.

Schmidt started at the Uffizi in 2015. He was the first non-Italian hired for a directorship there. Prior to his time in Italy, Schmidt was a curator at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, from 2001 to 2006; the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, from 2006 to 2008; and the Minneapolis Institute of Art, from 2009 to 2015. From 2008 to 2009, he oversaw the European works of art and sculpture department at Sotheby’s London.

While at the Uffizi, Schmidt refurbished major galleries and organized more exhibitions on female artists, including Maria Lassnig and Suor Plautilla Nelli, a Florentine Renaissance painter. Among his plans, Schmidt wants to improve the Kunsthistorisches Museum’s digital presence and attract a more international audience.