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Tate Modern’s new director

LATE LAST MAY, a full eleven months after Lars Nittve, Tate Modern’s first director, announced his resignation, the Spaniard Vicente Todolí was named as his replacement. The London press, having had ample time to prepare, welcomed him in typically raucous fashion. STOOGE OR VISIONARY? TATE MODERN’S NEW BOSS, read the Times of London headline. In the Guardian, culture correspondent Maev Kennedy added her own acid commentary: “Everyone in the art world knew the job description should have read “wanted, candidate to run Tate Modern and stand up to Sir Nicholas Serota.’” Serota, often called the most powerful man in British culture, oversees the quartet of Tate museums in London, Liverpool, and St. Ives.

Amid such cheering words, Todolí, 44, the founding director, in 1996, of the Museu Serralves in Porto, Portugal, takes up his new post this January—and he does so at a moment of extraordinary

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