Stockholm Museum of Modern Art head to set up Hong Kong museum
Stockholm – The outgoing head of the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art is to move to Hong Kong and work with the culture and museum project M+, the Stockholm museum said Wednesday.
Lars Nittve is to step down October 31, and move to Hong Kong early next year.
The M+ project aims at showcasing “visual culture” from the 20th – 21st century and is a component in plans to develop a peninsula in Hong Kong’s Victoria harbour.
Nittve, director of the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art since 2001, said his new job was “the ultimate assignment.”
After studies at the Stockholm School of Economics and Stockholm University he lectured in art history at Stockholm University and was senior art critic at the Svenska Dagbladet daily 1978-85.
In 1986 he was named chief curator at the Stockholm Museum of Modern Art. Four years later he was the founding director of Rooseum – Centre for Contemporary Art in Malmo, southern Sweden before becoming director at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark. In 1998 he was appointed first director of Tate Modern in London.