February 23 | Prado appoints Miguel Falomir as director
As expected, the Prado directorship is handed from one Miguel to another. In more surprising news, Nara Roesler has decided to relocate her spaces in North and South America.
New director for Prado
The Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid has appointed Miguel Falomir, the museum’s long-serving curator and current deputy director, as its new director.
Falomir, who was tipped as the favourite, replaces outgoing director Miguel Zugaza, who has been with the museum for 15 years. The selection committee voted unanimously for Falomir on February 22. The trustees of the Prado are due to meet in mid-March to approve the decision, which then needs to be formalized by Spain’s Council of Ministers. Falomir is an Italian Renaissance specialist who has organised major exhibitions on Titian, Tintoretto, Renaissance portraiture and Raphael. The Art Newspaper has the full story.
Brazilian dealer Nara Roesler has announced plans to relocate both her New York and Rio de Janeiro spaces, which she opened in 2015 and 2014 respectively.
Roesler plans to move both spaces to more centrally located areas. The New York gallery, currently situated just east of Chelsea’s main gallery district, is moving to 22 East 69th Street on the Upper East Side, where Hauser & Wirth and the recently formed powerhouse Lévy and Gorvy will be among its neighbours. The new, 1,100-square-foot space will open on February 28, with an exhibition of works by Marcos Chaves. Roesler’s Rio de Janeiro space will relocate from Ipanema to the Jockey Club in Jardim Botânico. The debut show will be a solo exhibition of Argentinian op artist Julio Le Parc. More information via artnet News.
Pre-biennale artist videos
To whet the appetites of art enthusiasts in the run up to the Venice Biennale, the organizers of Christine Macel’s “Viva Arte Viva” exhibition are releasing one video per day dedicated to each of the 120 artists participating.
The videos take the forms of interviews, studio visits, and projects by the artists themselves. Access all the videos that have been released so far on the Venice Biennale’s website.
Denver Museum receives donation
Colorado philanthropists Anna and John J. Sie have pledged $12 million to support the Denver Art Museum’s North Building revitalization project, which aims to expand the institution's exhibition space and unify its campus.
The donation will be used to build the Anna and John J. Sie Welcome Center, a two-story structure with a transparent exterior that was designed by Denver-based Fentress Architects and Boston architect Machado Silvetti. The fifty-thousand-square foot building will feature exhibition and art storage spaces as well as the museum’s primary conservation lab. Construction work is expected to begin by the end of 2017. Artforum has more.