Director of Finland’s Swedish Cultural Foundation to take up Director post at Stockholm’s National Museum
”I did not apply for the post, they contacted me”, Berndt Arell says
Berndt Arell, the Director of the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland, has been invited to take up the post of Director at Stockholm’s National Museum and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde. The appointment was announced by Sweden’s Minister of Culture Lena Adelsohn Liljeroth on Thursday.
”I did not apply for the post, but they contacted me”, Arell, 51, says.
Arell resigned from the post of Director at Kiasma, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art, in order to take on the post of Director of the Swedish Cultural Foundation (Svenska Kulturfonden) in April 2010.
”I did not plan to finish here so soon”, Arell says. ”I had thought to leave the museum world for a few years. Apparently the museum world thought otherwise”, Arell notes.
Stockholm’s National Museum launched an open search for a director, announcing at the same time that a head-hunter would also begin to look for suitable candidates.
”The head-hunter contacted me and I went to the ministry to meet with both officials and political decision-makers”, Arell reports, adding that the job sounded interesting.
Arell is to take up his new post at the beginning of 2012. His fixed-term contract with Stockholm’s National Museum and Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde will be through the end of 2017.
Stockholm’s National Museum is Sweden’s leading art and design museum. Waldemarsudde was originally the home of Prince Eugen, and is now one of the most-visited art museums in Sweden.
”The National Portrait Collection at Gripsholm Castle, Gustav III’s Museum of Antiquities, as well as many other art collections located in Swedish palaces also belong to Stockholm’s National Museum”, Arell says.
”It is like the Finnish National Gallery, excluding Kiasma”, Arell continues.
In a year and a half, Stockholm’s National Museum will be closed for renovations and extensions.
”The operations will be transferred to temporary premises, and some works of art will be lent to other museums, such as, for example, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Even Finland’s Ateneum Art Museum will be contacted for negotiations”, Arell notes.
Before working for the Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland and for Kiasma, Arell was employed for example by the Helsinki City Art Museum, the Turku Art Museum, the Nordic Watercolour Museum in Skärhamn in Sweden, and by the Nordic Arts Centre located on the fortress island of Suomenlinna off Helsinki.
Previously in HS International Edition:
Outgoing Kiasma director: success in Finnish art determined by inner circle (24.11.2009)
Swedish Cultural Foundation in Finland (Svenska Kulturfonden)
Prins Eugens Waldemarsudde