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2014 GMLC Participants

Participating Countries

Map of participating countries


Museum Directors

Mohammad Fahim Rahimi

Mohammad Fahim Rahimi
Chief Curator, National Museum of Afghanistan
Kabul, Afghanistan
 

Mohammad Fahim Rahimi was appointed chief curator of the National Museum of Afghanistan in 2007. He is responsible for one of the most significant collections of ancient and Islamic art in Central Asia. Mr. Rahimi has organized a number of important exhibitions including Buddhist Heritage of Afghanistan, 1000 Cities of Bactria, and Hidden Treasures of Afghanistan, a traveling exhibition displayed in eight international museums. He is currently overseeing an unprecedented expansion and renovation of the museum, including the development of new galleries and visitor service centers. Mr. Rahimi holds a bachelor's degree in archaeology and anthropology from Kabul University. In addition, he has completed coursework in heritage preservation and curatorial studies at Vienna University and the International Center for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of Cultural Property in Rome. Mr. Rahimi is currently a Fulbright Scholar, pursuing a master's degree in anthropology and heritage preservation at the University of Pennsylvania.

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Victoria Noorthoorn

Victoria Noorthoorn
Director, Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA)
Buenos Aires, Argentina

Victoria Noorthoon is the director of the Museo de Arte Moderno de Buenos Aires (MAMBA). Opened in 1956, the museum houses the second largest collection of Argentine art in the country as well as numerous works from Latin America and international modern and contemporary art. Prior to her appointment in 2013, Ms. Noorthoorn held several curatorial positions including assistant curator of contemporary exhibitions at The Drawing Center in New York, curator of Malba-Fundación Costantini in Buenos Aires, chief curator of the 29th Pontevedra Art Biennale in Spain (2006), co-curator of 41 Salón Nacional in Cali, Colombia (2008), chief curator of the 7th Bienal do Mercosul in Porto Alegre, Brazil (2009), and curator of the 11th Biennale de Lyon, in France (2011), among others. In addition, Ms. Noorthoorn has served as projects coordinator of the International Program at the Museum of Modern Art and today serves on Deutsche Bank's Global Art Advisory Council. She holds a Licentiate in Art History by the Universidad de Buenos Aires and an MA in curatorial studies from Bard College. In 2012, she received the honors of the Chevalier de l´Ordre des Arts et des Lettres from the French Ministry of Culture.

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Renata Vieira da Motta

Renata Vieira da Motta
Director, Museological Heritage Preservation Unit, São Paulo Secretariat State of Culture
São Paulo, Brazil

Renata Vieira da Motta is the director of the Museological Heritage Preservation Unit for the state of São Paulo, where she directs policies affecting eighteen institutions within São Paulo's state system of museums as well over 400 public and private museums within the region. Prior to her appointment in 2011, Ms. Vieira da Motta served as director of the Instituto Sergio Motta, a nonprofit institution supporting the arts and technological media as a means for social inclusion. As a specialist in museum studies with a focus on museum policy and administration, she has conducted research for various cultural organizations including Arte/Cidade, Fundação Bienal de São Paulo, and Itaú Cultural, and was a professor within São Paulo's Association of Schools of Architecture and Urbanism. She currently serves as a visiting professor at the Catholic University of São Paulo. A recipient of research grants from many international organizations including The Getty Foundation and Brazil's National Council for Scientific and Technological Development, she holds a PhD in museum and heritage studies from the University of São Paulo.

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Gong Liang

Gong Liang
Director, Nanjing Museum
Nanjing, China
 

Gong Liang is the director of the Nanjing Museum, one of the largest and most important museums in China. In addition, Mr. Gong serves as Vice Governor of the Department of Culture in Jiangsu Province where he is responsible for overseeing the development of museums and managing cultural causes. Prior to his appointment as director in 2005, Mr. Gong spent three decades in the fields of archaeology and heritage management as a university lecturer and a government officer for heritage management. Mr. Gong has published many seminal monographs, catalogues, and scholarly articles on Chinese art and is the chief editor of Southeast Culture, an academic journal on archaeology and museums. He has served as vice president of the Chinese Museums Association, vice president of the Chinese Association of Heritage Conservation Technologies, and president of Jiangsu Provincial Museums Association. Mr. Gong holds advanced degrees in archaeology from Nanjing University.

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David Lordkipanidze

David Lordkipanidze
Director General, Georgian National Museums
Tbilisi, Georgia
 

David Lordkipanidze is the first director general of Georgian National Museums, a network of eleven national exhibiting institutions founded 2005, which, under his leadership, have been extensively expanded and upgraded. A renowned archaeologist and paleoanthropologist, Dr. Lordkipanidze led the discovery of the earliest known hominid remains outside of Africa at the Georgian site of Dmanisi. A recipient of many international awards for his groundbreaking discoveries and leadership, he is a member of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, the German Archaeological Institute, and the European Academy of Sciences and Arts. In 2002, Dr. Lordkipanidze was a visiting professor and Fulbright Scholar at Harvard University, where he also completed studies at Harvard Business School. The author of more than one hundred scientific articles and a regular contributor to scholarly journals, Dr. Lordkipanidze holds a PhD in archaeology, geography, and paleoanthropology from Tbilisi State University.

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Sabyasachi Mukherjee

Sabyasachi Mukherjee
Director General, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya
Mumbai, India

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is director general of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Vastu Sangrahalaya (CSMVS), formerly the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, and director of the postgraduate program in museology and art conservation at the CSMVS Institute, University of Mumbai. Under his leadership from 2007, CSMVS has undergone extensive modernization, including the refurbishment of the museum's main building and the establishment of a conservation center, new galleries, and digital and educational initiatives. Mr. Mukherjee has organized numerous art exhibitions and has overseen publications, conservation projects, exchange programs, and archive projects in partnership with museums worldwide. A frequent lecturer and active member of many professional committees, Mr. Mukherjee has been a fellow of the Nehru Trust and the Salzburg Global Seminar. He holds an MA in museology and an MA in ancient Indian history, culture & archaeology from Maharaja Sayajirao University.

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Eriko Osaka

Eriko Osaka
Director, Yokohama Museum of Art
Yokohama, Japan
 

Eriko Osaka is director of the Yokohama Museum of Art. Founded in 1989, the Yokohama Museum of Art is committed to the research and exhibition of Japanese art made after 1859. Since her appointment in 2009, Ms. Osaka has organized a wide range of exhibitions on modern and contemporary art and significantly expanded the museum's educational programming. Her previous positions include artistic director of the Mori Art Museum, senior curator and artistic director of the Contemporary Art Center in Mito, curator at ICA in Nagoya, and coordinator of the Japan Foundation. In addition, Ms. Osaka served in curatorial leadership positions for the 3rd Asian Pacific Triennial, the Japan Pavilion at the 49th Venice Biennale, and the 4th Yokohama Triennale. She holds a BFA from Gakushuin University.

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Agustín Arteaga

Agustín Arteaga
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Museo Nacional de Arte
Mexico City, Mexico

Agustín Arteaga is chief executive officer and director of the Museo Nacional de Arte (MUNAL), which houses Mexico's most extensive collection of 16th–20th century art. Before assuming this post in 2013, he served as director of the city's Museum of the Palace of Fine Arts and deputy director of the Museum of Modern Art. An active member of the international museum community for over thirty years, Dr. Arteaga also directed the Museo de Arte de Ponce, in Puerto Rico, and was the founding director of the Museo de Arte Latinoamericano de Buenos Aires. In the course of his career, he has overseen more than one hundred traveling exhibitions and many important acquisitions. Dr. Arteaga is a member of the Association of Art Museum Directors and sits on the inspection committee of the American Association of Museums. In 1999, he was admitted into l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres of the French Republic. Dr. Arteaga holds a PhD in art history from the National Autonomous University of Mexico.

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Stijn Huijts

Stijn Huijts
Chief Executive Officer and Director, Bonnefantenmuseum
Maastricht, Netherlands

Stijn Huijts is chief executive officer and director of the Bonnefantenmuseum in Maastricht, the collections of which encompass both old masters and contemporary art. Prior to joining the museum in 2011, he served as founding director of SCHUNCK, a multidisciplinary museum of contemporary art, music, dance, and literature, as director of the Stedelijk Museum Het Domein in Sittard, and as a government official for arts and culture in the city of Sittard. He has organized numerous exhibitions and collaborative projects with artists, including the Dutch Pavilion at the 26th São Paulo Biennial. A current advisor to the Mondriaan Fund, he has served on the board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, the Visual Arts and Design Committee of the Dutch Arts Council, and the advisory board of the Dutch National Heritage Board. A frequent lecturer at international postgraduate research institutes and a member of the International Association of Art Critics and ICOM, Mr. Huijts holds an MA in cultural studies from the University of Amsterdam.

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Andrés Alvarez-Calderón

Andrés Alvarez-Calderón
Director, Museo Larco
Lima, Peru
 

Andrés Alvarez-Calderón is the director of the Museo Larco, a position he has held since 2003. The third-generation private museum houses one of the most significant collections of Pre-Columbian art in the world. Mr. Alvarez-Calderón is also the director of the Museo de Arte Precolombino, in Cusco, a museum he founded in 2003. He has overseen over 70 international exhibitions and executed a two-year comprehensive renovation of the Museo Larco, including its galleries and open storage facilities. With expertise in the fields of tourism, cultural destination management, and strategic planning, Mr. Alvarez-Calderón regularly advises public and private cultural institutions on marketing and branding. He holds a JD from the University of Lima and has completed studies in business administration and marketing from the University of California Berkeley and the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, respectively.

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Agnieszka Morawinska

Agnieszka Morawinska
Director, The National Museum in Warsaw
Warsaw, Poland
 

Agnieszka Morawinska has been the director of Warsaw's National Museum of Poland since 2010. Her former appointments include director of the Zachęta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw, curator at the Royal Castle in Warsaw, and commissioner of the Polish Pavilion at the Venice Biennale, a post she held for nearly a decade. Dr. Morawinska has organized exhibitions throughout Europe and the United States, and has written numerous articles, books, and catalogues on the history of art and aesthetics. Between 1993 and 1997, Dr. Morawinska served as Poland's ambassador to Australia, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. She is also a former under-secretary of state for foreign relations at Poland’s Ministry of Culture. She has been a visiting fellow at Dumbarton Oaks and the recipient of a Fulbright research grant for work conducted at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Dr. Morawinska is a member of the International Council of Museums, the International Association of Art Critics, and Poland's Association of Art Historians. She holds a PhD in art history from Warsaw University.

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Eugene Tan

Eugene Tan
Director, National Gallery Singapore
Singapore
 

Eugene Tan was appointed director of Singapore's National Art Gallery in 2013. Scheduled to open in 2015 within the refurbished buildings of the former Supreme Court and City Hall, the Gallery's focus is on the research and display of modern and contemporary art from Singapore and Southeast Asia and will house one of the largest public collections of Southeast Asian art. Previously, Dr. Tan was program director at the Singapore Economic Development Board, director of exhibitions at Osage Gallery, director for contemporary art at Sotheby's Institute of Art, Singapore, and founding director of the Institute of Contemporary Arts in Singapore. He co-curated the inaugural Singapore Biennale in 2006 and curated the Singapore Pavilion at the 51st Venice Biennale in 2005. Dr. Tan publishes and lectures widely on modern and contemporary art, and is a member of the International Association of Art Critics, the International Council of Museums, and the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. He holds an MA in post-war and contemporary art from Sotheby's Institute of Art, London, and a PhD in art history and archaeology from the University of Manchester.

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Steven Sack

Steven Sack
Director, Origins Centre
University of Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
South Africa

Steven Sack is the recently-appointed director of the Origins Centre at the University of Witwatersrand, an institution that presents the history of humankind through one of the most extensive collections of rock art, archaeological artifacts, and paleoanthropological material in the world, along with a strong collection of contemporary South African art. Before joining the Centre, Mr. Sack was director of arts, culture, heritage and community development for the city of Johannesburg where he oversaw five museums and established the largest urban public art program in Africa. He also spent five years as chief director of South Africa's Department of Arts, Culture, Science and Technology, establishing heritage legislation and overseeing projects to commission new national monuments and museums. Mr. Sack has organized seminal exhibitions of contemporary South African art and lectures and publishes widely. He serves on numerous cultural boards, and has worked as an artist, actor, and director. He holds a BA in art history and a BA in fine art from the University of Witwatersrand and the University of South Africa, respectively.

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Amara Srisuchat

Amara Srisuchat
Acting Director, Office of National Museums, Fine Arts Department, Ministry of Culture
Bangkok, Thailand

Amara Srisuchat is acting director of the Office of National Museums and the first senior expert in art and antiquity within Thailand's Ministry of Culture where she oversees all museums in Thailand. Prior to her appointment in 2012, Dr. Srisuchat supervised archaeological excavations on behalf of the Ministry's Division of Archaeology and served as director of three major national museums. She is credited with significantly improving the operations of regional museums in Thailand and has received awards from the Thai government for her leadership. As a scholar, Dr. Srisuchat lectures widely, participates in international forums, and teaches university courses in Thailand and abroad. Dr. Srisuchat holds a PhD in Sanskrit from Silpakorn University and certificates in executive cultural management and conservation of cultural property. In 2013, she received the Prime Minister Award for best government officer in Thailand's Ministry of Culture.

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Moderator

Andras Szanto András Szántó
Moderator
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York, United States

András Szántó is a widely published author and adviser to arts and cultural organizations. He has lectured on art business at the Sotheby's Institute of Art and has directed the National Arts Journalism Program at Columbia University. A former visiting critic at the American Academy in Rome, visiting senior fellow at the Center for Arts and Culture in Washington, and affiliate of the Center for Arts and Cultural Policy Studies at Princeton University, he advises museums, foundations, and corporations on strategy and program development worldwide. A frequent moderator of the Art Basel Conversations series, he earned his PhD from Columbia University.

Image: Photograph by Magnus Torsne

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