Elena Filipovic has been selected as new director of Kunstmuseum Basel. Beat Jans, President of the Government of the Canton of Basel-Stadt, approved the unanimous recommendation made by the museum’s committees. 51-year-old US-born Ms Filipovic has an international track record and has successfully headed Kunsthalle Basel for nearly nine years.
Elena Filipovic (*1972), currently director and head curator of Kunsthalle Basel, will take over as director of Kunstmuseum Basel – one of the world’s most significant art museums due to its outstanding collection. The appointment was sealed by Beat Jans, president of the cantonal government of Basel-Stadt, on the unanimous recommendation of the museum’s art committee, which in turn was based on the equally unanimous recommendation of the selection committee.
The selection committee was jointly led by Felix Uhlmann, chairman of Kunstmuseum Basel’s art committee and professor of constitutional and administrative law at the University of Zurich, and Katrin Grögel, head of the cantonal culture department, and consisted of further members of the art committee. International experts were also consulted during the selection procedure, in the course of which 35 applications were assessed. On behalf of the art committee, Felix Uhlmann gave the following reasons for the final recommendation: “Elena Filipovic convinced the committee with her vision regarding the future of our museum as well as her professional track record, her leadership skills and her infectious enthusiasm for the entire range of art history, which enables her to make the arts attractive to people from all walks of life.”
Image : Elena Filipovic, designierte Direktorin Kunstmuseum Basel, fotografiert im Hauptbau des Kunstmuseum Basel, 14.06.2023, Foto Lucia Hunziker / Kunstmuseum Basel
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