|Nacimiento:||Vienna, Wien, Austria|
|Residencia:||Reside en San Francisco, California, Estados Unidos|
The Metropolitan Museum of Art announced in April of 2018 that Max Hollein has been elected its next Director. Mr. Hollein currently leads the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco. After beginning his career at the Guggenheim Museum, New York, he was Director and CEO of three of Germany's most prestigious art institutions, including the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. "An accomplished curator and museum leader, Mr. Hollein has demonstrated exceptional skill at building collections, diversifying audiences, and broadening institutional development. He was elected at a meeting of the Board of Trustees and will assume the directorship of The Metropolitan Museum of Art in the summer of 2018", according to the emitted note. Born in Vienna, Hollein studied art history at the University of Vienna (Masters of Art History, summa cum laude) and business administration at the Vienna University of Economics. He began his career at the Guggenheim Museum as Chief of Staff and Executive Assistant to the Director. After six years he moved to Frankfurt to lead the Schirn Kunsthalle, which focuses on modern and contemporary art, and in 2006 was appointed to lead, in addition, the Städel Museum, which houses one of Germany's most outstanding collections of old master, nineteenth-century, and modern art, and the Liebieghaus, whose world-renowned sculpture collection ranges from ancient Egypt to Neoclassicism. During his tenure in Frankfurt, Hollein's accomplishments included doubling the gallery space of the Städel Museum; developing a major digital strategy and redefining the museum's communications and marketing; establishing new collecting areas; and implementing three of the most ambitious exhibition programs in Europe, which together cover thousands of years, from antiquities to contemporary art. All three institutions experienced unprecedented growth during his tenure and saw record levels of attendance. The Städel was named Museum of the Year by the German members of the International Association of Art Critics (AICA). Mr. Hollein's digital innovations at the Frankfurt museums became a role model for other institutions throughout Europe. In addition to his roles in museum management and development, Hollein has organized a number of major exhibitions in modern and contemporary art, larger survey shows, and special projects such as the American pavilion at the Seventh Venice Architecture Biennale (2000) and the Austrian pavilion at the Venice Art Biennale (2005). His exhibition on Julian Schnabel opens in San Francisco this month. The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, which includes the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, is the largest public arts institution in Northern California. With a collective membership of more than 100,000 and an educational program that serves over 200,000 students, they are among the most visited museums in the country. Hollein's tenure in San Francisco has been characterized by strong leadership and visionary programming combined with rigorous fiscal management leading to a balanced budget. In addition to reorganizing the management team and establishing an outstanding program of contemporary art, he pioneered acquisitions in underrepresented areas of the collection and implemented an ambitious exhibition program. Dede Wilsey, Chairman of the Board of the Fine Arts Museums, said, "While it is sad to see Max leave and we would have wished to be able to benefit much longer from his strong and visionary leadership, we are impressed and energized by all the achievements, development, and momentum that he brought to our museums in the past two years." Mr. Hollein is the editor and author of numerous exhibition catalogues in the area of nineteenth century and modern and contemporary art as well as other museum publications, books, and essays. He has lectured extensively on the history of museums, museum management, the art market, and modern and contemporary art. He has a distinguished record in New York, Europe, and San Francisco of managing complex institutions, developing a strong curatorial vision, building exceptional programming, expanding audiences, and fostering professional collaboration. Hollein is a member of supervisory and advisory boards of major cultural institutions worldwide, including the State Hermitage Museum, St. Petersburg; National Gallery, Prague; Ludwig Foundation, Vienna; and Neue Galerie, New York. In 2009 he was named a Chevalier of the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Minister of Culture. He received the Austrian Medal of Honor for Science and the Arts in 2010, the Binding Cultural Prize (the highest endowed cultural prize in Hesse) in 2015, and the Goethe badge of honor (the highest accolade of the Hessian Ministry of Culture) in 2016.
Museo Guggenheim Bilbao / Bilbao, Vizcaya, España