Penelope Curtis named new Tate Britain director

Wed Nov 11, 2009 10:51am EST
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - Penelope Curtis, curator of the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds since 1999, has been named as the new director of Tate Britain in London, the museum said on Wednesday.

Curtis, 48, will take over from Stephen Deuchar, who leaves Tate Britain in December after 11 years at the helm to become the director of The Art Fund. She will begin in her post in April, 2010. "Penelope Curtis has made an outstanding contribution to the study of sculpture and especially to our understanding of British sculpture in the 20th century," said Nicholas Serota, director of the Tate collections which include Tate Britain.

"I am delighted that she will bring her scholarship and original vision to the presentation of British art at Tate Britain." Curtis has been responsible for developing exhibitions presenting sculpture of all periods in her post at the Henry Moore Institute.

She has also acquired significant works by Rodin, Epstein and Calder, as well as contemporary artists like Martin Boyce and Eva Rothschild for the Leeds collections.

Before the Henry Moore Institute, Curtis was the first exhibitions curator at Tate Liverpool when it opened in 1988, where she was involved with Tate's British collections.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)