Tel Aviv Museum Advertises for Chief Curator

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The Herta and Paul Amir Building, which cost $45 million and took seven years to build.Credit: Amit Garon

The Tel Aviv Museum intends splitting the roles of CEO and chief curator, which have been held by the same person up until now. An advert for a chief curator was published last weekend.

The joint position is currently held by Suzanne Landau, who acknowledged in a conversation with Haaretz, that she had initiated splitting the roles.

"I have always thought that the job needed to be split," Landau said. "It was my idea and now it is becoming a reality. The museum is a complicated institution and the range of its activities is very wide. We need a chief curator on a full-time basis."

Landau confirmed that she would be continuing as the museum's CEO.

The move is part of a process of reorganization at the museum, aimed at increasing efficiency, subscriber numbers and its independent revenue, Landau said.

Suzanne Landau.Credit: Shiran Granot

No museum departments will be closed, but a new centralized department will provide services – including design and editing of catalogues, restoration and administration – to all curators.

A new unit to handle the handing and trapostation of works of art is under consideration.

An internal tender for the post of chief curator has already been held among museum employees, as required, but none was chosen for the job. Landau said that the committee that will be appointed to assess candidates for the job will include a representative of the museum's workers' committee, the head of human resources, an external representative and Landau herself.

"Seeing that we are making a very important choice, I said that I wanted someone from the outside to participate in the interviews," Landau said.

Applications for the post will be accepted until July 1.

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