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Nick Mitzevich to head National Gallery of Australia

Plus: Documenta appoints music business executive as interim CEO | Max Uhlig donates entire oeuvre to Saxony’s Cultural Foundation | National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers closes | and NEH awards $18.6m in grants

10 April 2018

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Nick Mitzevich named director of National Gallery of Australia | Nick Mitzevich has been confirmed to succeed Gerald Vaughan as director of the National Gallery of Australia, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Mitzevich has been the director of the Art Gallery of South Australia since 2010, prior to which he held positions at the University of Queensland Art Museum and the Newcastle Regional Art Gallery. He will take up his new position on 2 July. Until a permanent replacement is found, the Art Gallery of SA will be led by gallery deputy director Mark Horton and assistant director Lisa Slade.

Documenta appoints music business executive as interim CEO | Wolfgang Orthmayer, a music and theatre business executive, has taken up a role as CEO of Documenta on an interim basis. Orthmayer, whose professional experience includes roles at Sony Music and WOM World of Music, succeeds Annette Kulenkampff, who stepped down a year before the expiration of her contract in November.

Max Uhlig donates entire oeuvre to Saxony | Artist Max Uhlig has donated his life’s work to Saxony’s state cultural foundation, reports Monopol (German language article, via Artforum). The bequest encompasses 15,214 items dating from the 1950s to the present day, including works of art, documents and his entire personal library. He is also leaving his house and studio to the foundation for future use as a residency for international artist residencies.

National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers closes | The National Federation of Artists’ Studio Providers has announced its closure, reports a-n. Established in 2007 and until 2012 backed by Arts Council England (it has since relied on volunteer work), the federation brought together a broad spectrum of arts organisations with the aim of increasing the provision of affordable studio space in the UK.

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