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Tate Curators

With the opening next month of the Tate’s Herzog & de Meuron–designed megabranch, Tate Modern, just down the Thames from the museum’s Millbank base, the exhibition space accorded modern and contemporary art at the institution will double. As the museum assumes its newly central role in the contemporary arena, Artforum looks in on the team that will shape the museum’s view of the present in the century to come.

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LARS NITTVE

In the early ’90s, I asked the astute British critic Stuart Morgan what he thought of the work of Lars Nittve, then director of the Rooseum in Malmö. “Well,” said Stuart, “he won’t be in Malmö for long.” And Nittve’s ascendant career trajectory, culminating in his recent appointment to the directorship of Tate Modern, has certainly borne out the prediction.

I first met Nittve in the early ’80s, when he briefly stayed in New York as

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