VICENTE TODOLI, the Spaniard who will take over as director of Tate Modern in London next year, has attacked the commercialism which is "killing creativity" in the arts.
Mr Todoli, a veteran on the European museum scene, suggested in his first British interview published yesterday that the minds of some artists were controlled by money.
"Globalisation is the essential spirit of art," he said. "The world is wider today and art has always had an openness of viewpoints because that is its nature. The only problem is tremendous commercialisation which is killing much creativity and controls the mind of some artists who take decisions dictated by it."
In an interview with The Art Newspaper, Mr Todoli, 43, who is a self- styled all-rounder, spoke of his passion for art but admitted he had not finished his university thesis at Yale because "I was not interested in devoting several years of my life to one subject alone".
Mr Todoli spoke of his determination to render art less remote and make it an educational tool for children.
"We cannot allow people to see art and museums as something remote in their lives," he said, adding that "a museum is investigation and dissemination, but, above all, education. And even more so for children. Artistic education for children is vital."
Mr Todoli, who worked at IVAM, the contemporary art centre in Valencia, Spain, and latterly at the Serralves Museum in Oporto, Portugal, before winning the prestigious appointment four months ago, …