Former co-director of Art Basel heads up Kunstmuseum in Basel

Annette Schönholzer has been hired to be administrative director of the Kunstmuseum in Basel as of January 2017. The New York-born Swiss woman worked for Art Basel between 2002 and 2014 as co-director of Art Basel and Art Basel Miami Beach, alongside fair director Marc Spiegler, before becoming an independent art and culture consultant two years ago. Annette Schönholzer succeeds director Stefan Charles, who announced in October that he was joining Radio Suisse and SRF television station as a journalist and head of...

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Boca Raton Museum hires curator Lanya Snyder

Lanya Snyder is joining the Boca Raton Museum of Art in Florida as assistant curator for its contemporary-art and photography collection. Snyder will be in charge of the exhibition programme, along with Kathy Goncharov, the curator for contemporary art, and Marisa J. Pascucci, the curator of collections. A graduate from Bard College, Snyder joined the museum in January this year to develop a yearly forum on contemporary and traditional photography, with the aim of building the museum’s...

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David M. Rubenstein appointed chairman of the Smithsonian Institution

Cofounder of the Carlyle Group, an investment firm based in Washington DC, David M. Rubenstein has been elected chairman of the Smithsonian Institution, reports The Washington Post. Rubenstein, part of the institution’s board since 2009, succeeds John McCarter. In January this year, he donated $10 million to the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which then dedicated its main exhibition space to him, now known as the David M. Rubenstein History Galleries. Rubenstein is also board chair of Duke University and a board member of the University of Chicago, the Lincoln Center and the National Gallery of Art. The Smithsonian also appointed the founder of AOL, Steve Case, as vice chairman, and Risa J. Lavizzo-Mourey as president of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. They will take on their duties from January 2017 for a three-year period. The Smithsonian also announced that its fundraising campaign, commencing in 2011, has reached $1.5...

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New vice-president for Sotheby’s France

Cécile Verdier, a specialist in 20th century design and an auctioneer, has been appointed vice-president of Sotheby’s France. In 2008, she joined the group as director of the design department before becoming, in 2011, European director of the same department. Ever since her debut at the auction house, Cécile Verdier has pushed up sales of the design section and overseen historic sales, such as that of the Félix Marcilhac collection in 2014, reaping a global sum of €24.7...

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Manuel Rabaté becomes director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

As reported in The Art Newspaper, Manuel Rabaté, head of the Agence France-Muséums since 2013, has been appointed director of the Louvre Abu Dhabi. He also previously worked for the Musée du Quai Branly and the Musée du Louvre in Paris. An Emirati, Hissa Al Dhaheri, who has supervised the Louvre Abu Dhabi project for the Abu Dhabi Tourism & Culture Authority, has been appointed deputy director of the institution. Designed by Jean Nouvel, this one billion-dollar building is set to open on the island of Saadiyat in the United Arab Emirates in one...

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