Mariët Westermann, first woman to head the Guggenheim Foundation and its museum in New York

The Dutch art historian Mariët Westermann was named Director and CEO of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation, replacing Richard Armstrong. He comes to the Guggenheim with a proven track record in world-renowned leading organizations in higher education and philanthropy dedicated to the arts and humanities. He brings in-depth knowledge of art history, museums and research as well as experience in institutional management, philanthropy and international relations.

Westermann directed the film NYU Abu Dabia liberal arts and research campus of New York University (NYU), has served as vice provost, executive director and professor of arts and humanities since 2019. At NYU Abu Dhabi, she was responsible for all academic, administrative, financial and operational matters.

He has promoted initiatives that have strengthened philanthropy and positioned NYU Abu Dhabi as a reference institution for innovation, culture, intellectual exchange and civic engagement in the UAE and the region. Middle East and North Africa In general. He also worked with the community to develop NYU Abu Dhabi’s first Climate Action Plan, a concrete and realistic roadmap to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050.

As Director and CEO of the Guggenheim, Westermann will report to the Foundation’s Board of Trustees, set strategic direction and lead the Foundation in achieving its vision, mission and purpose. He will oversee and lead the Guggenheim Foundation and its flagship institution, the New York Museum, and will be responsible for the Foundation’s core collections as well as the constellation of museums in Europe and Abu Dhabi. He will officially join the Guggenheim on June 1, 2024.

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“It’s for me A great honor Join the Guggenheim, a unique institution with the admirable mission of dedicated to modern and contemporary art in four unique museums on three continents. Each museum offers everyone the opportunity to experience the transformative and unifying power of art and artists, from New York to Bilbao, Venice and Abu Dhabi. I had the privilege of having wonderful experiences as an art historian, Global educator, curator, philanthropist and academic leader. “The complexity and high ambitions that motivated me so much in my previous roles have prepared me to help the Guggenheim reach its full potential as a constellation of museums united in a mission and fully integrated in their local mission Environment and community are rooted,” he said notes. Westerman.

She was executive vice president of the Mellon Foundation; faculty member and director at NYU/Institute of Fine Arts; Associate Director for Research and Academic Programs Clark Institute; and faculty member at Rutgers University. He holds a magna cum laude degree from Williams College and a master’s degree and doctorate in art history from NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts.

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