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New Director of Tate Modern appointed

Tate announced on 28 APRIL 2023 that Karin Hindsbo, Director of The National Museum, Oslo, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Modern.


Karin Hindsbo. Photo © Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg

Karin Hindsbo. Photo © Nasjonalmuseet / Ina Wesenberg


Hindsbo has been Director of The National Museum since 2017. The institution was created under her leadership, during which she finalised the consolidation of the former National Gallery, Museum of Decorative Arts and Design, Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Architecture, and National Touring Exhibitions. The new museum she and her staff developed was opened in June 2022 in a new 54,600 m2 building, which cares for a collection of 400,000 items, making it the largest museum in the Nordic countries.


Before taking on her current role in Oslo, Hindsbo worked as Director of several art institutions and museums in Norway and Denmark, including Kode in Bergen (2014-17), Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand (2012-14), Kunsthal Aarhus (2009-11), and Den Frie Centre for Contemporary Art in Copenhagen (2006-08). She was previously Editor in Chief of Danish cultural journal Øjeblikket, an external lecturer at the Institute of Art and Cultural Studies at the University of Copenhagen, and an assistant manager and curator at Overgaden, a contemporary art institute in Copenhagen. She studied at the Aarhus University and Humboldt Universität zu Berlin.


Karin Hindsbo said: “Tate Modern is a leading art museum and a ground-breaking institution. I am beyond excited to join the skilled staff and to be a part of the whole Tate organisation. Tate Modern has always been a special place for me and I have had some of my greatest experiences encountering art there. I am eager to continue the magnificent work being done, creating a unique and inspiring museum for a wide and diverse audience.”


Maria Balshaw, Director of Tate, said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Karin as Director of Tate Modern. The success of the new National Museum in Oslo – delivered in the midst of a global pandemic – is a testament to her skill as a leader. Her nuanced and diverse approach to expressing national and transnational artistic ecologies chimes with Tate Modern’s ethos brilliantly. Working alongside the outstanding team at Tate Modern, I know Karin will bring vision, creativity and a spirit of artistic ambition that will enable us to continue reaching new heights in the years to come.”


Karin Hindsbo will step down from her current role this summer and will begin as Director of Tate Modern in September 2023.

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