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the Kunsthalle Zürich’s new director

The game of musical chairs among Switzerland's museum directors and curators continues: First Christoph Becker took on the Kunsthaus Zürich's directorship, beating out Bernhard “Mendes” Bürgi in a controversial appointment that caused critics to cry that turnstile clicks had beat out Kunsthalle cred. Then Bürgi, founding director of the Kunsthalle Zürich, reversed his fortunes, landing the director’s chair at the Kunstmuseum Basel in another fraught changing of the guard that pitted longtime board member and Basel philanthropist Maja Oeri against city officials. Passed over for the post, Oeri’s favored candidate, Kunstmuseum curator of contemporary art Theodora Vischer, tendered her resignation. Oeri’s response? She nabbed Vischer to head her own newly created Laurenz Foundation Viewing Warehouse outside Basel. The newest round: Beatrix Ruf, director of the modest Kunsthaus Glarus since

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