Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spaniard Named as Tate Modern Chief

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Spaniard Named as Tate Modern Chief

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A SPANIARD was today named the next director of Tate Modern - ending an 11-month search for the right person to head Britain's most successful new gallery.

The job has gone to Vicente Todoli, 43, who has worked in visual arts for two decades and is founding director of the Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art in Porto, which opened three years ago. The museum, the first of its kind in Portugal, houses the Serralves Foundation's extensive collection of post-Sixties art.

Mr Todoli will take up his role early next year but will be involved in decision-making and future programmes at Tate Modern from this September.

The announcement will come as a relief to the overall director of the four Tate museums, Sir Nicholas Serota, after several leading figures declined to apply for the post.

Sir Nicholas has effectively been running Tate Modern since Swedish director Lars Nittve walked out last June. However, his management style has attracted criticism and there were suggestions his overwhelming influence dissuaded potential candidates from applying.

Tate Modern has been hit by a series of high-profile resignations despite attracting record numbers of visitors since opening in May 2000. Since Mr Nittve quit last year, the museum's director of collections, Jeremy Lewison, has left, and the head of exhibitions and display, Iwona Blaswick, resigned to become director of the Whitechapel Gallery.

Speaking today, Mr Todoli said: "The Tate Modern has been one of the great successes of the last five years and has changed the London art scene forever. …

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