Michigan State University has announced the appointment of Marc-Olivier Wahler as director of the university’s Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, effective July 1. Wahler will be replacing the museum’s founding director, Michael Rush, who died in March 2015.
In a statement, Christopher P. Long, dean of the College of Arts & Letters at Michigan State and chair of the university’s search committee, said:
“Marc-Olivier has a compelling vision of the Broad Art Museum as a dynamic hub of creativity that engages the campus and community to push boundaries, encourage cross-disciplinary collaboration, and create innovative solutions to complex problems,” said Christopher P. Long, Dean of the College of Arts & Letters at MSU and Chair of the University’s search committee. “We in the College of Arts & Letters look forward to collaborating with him as he brings his vision of a 21st-century museum to life here at Michigan State University.”
Wahler, who currently works as founding director of the Chalet Society in Paris, artistic advisor for De Appel Arts Center in Amsterdam and Istanbul, and founding director of Transformer Sculpture Park in Melides, Portugal, has more than 20 years of experience in contemporary art. He served as director and chief curator of the Palais de Tokyo from 2006 to 2012, and as director of the Swiss Institute from 2000 to 2006. Prior to that, Wahler cofounded CAN—the Centre d’art Neuchâtel, Switzerland—and served as director from 1995 to 2000. In total, Wahler has curated more than 400 exhibitions internationally. In 2013, he was awarded the Meret Oppenheim Prize, and was made Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters in France in 2011.
In the same release, Wahler said:
“I am honored to have been selected to serve as Director of the Broad Art Museum at MSU. The Museum’s mission of employing international contemporary art and ideas as a platform for education and experimentation resonates deeply with so much of the work I have undertaken throughout my career. I look forward to collaborating with faculty and students conducting innovative research across the University, and building upon the incredible work of the Museum’s staff to deepen the institution’s role as a generator for experimentation and cross-disciplinary exchange, and a vibrant resource for the entire East Lansing community.”