New York, Nov 20 (EFE).- The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and Foundation on Monday named Dutch Mariët Westermann as director and CEO of the museum group in New York, becoming the first woman in history to direct the institution.
This was announced by Guggenheim itself on the social network from Bilbao.
In addition, she will participate in the opening of a gallery in Abu Dhabi, capital of the United Arab Emirates, a country where the presence of women in public spaces, and particularly in positions of responsibility, is very scarce.
Westermann, currently vice counselor, executive director and professor of Humanities and Arts at the New York University Abu Dhabi campus, will replace the foundation’s previous director, Richard Armstrong, who resigned this summer.
The Dutchwoman has been linked to art since the beginning of her career: she was CEO of the Mellon artistic foundation and associate director of the Clark Arts institution, and, before working in Abu Dhabi with NYU, she directed its Institute of Fine Arts on the Big Apple campus.
According to New York University, his main area of study is the art of the Netherlands, a topic on which he has published several books, such as “A Wordly Art: The Dutch Republic, 1585-1718”, or “Art and Ideas; Anthropologies of Art”.