A New Director at the Worcester Art Museum

Matthias Waschek
Photo : Worcester, Art Museum

7/11/11 - Appointment - Worcester, Art Museum - Bonn, Paris, St. Louis (Missouri)... Matthias Waschek has finally settled down at the Worcester Art Museum. After spending eight years as Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, he will officially take over the city’s art museum on 16 November. He will be succeeding James A. Welu who will remain honorary director of the establishment while Kristina Van Dyke, formerly at the Menil Collection in Houston will be running the Pulitzer.
Born in Germany, Matthias Waschek wrote his dissertation at the University of Bonn on Eclectism and Originality. The Bases of French Symbolism in the Example of Emile Bernard. He worked as an assistant at the Wolfgang Wittrock Gallery in Dusseldorf in the 80’s and joined the Louvre in 1992 where he worked at the cultural department, organizing conferences and colloquia, as well as supervising publications. Notably, he offered his reflections on « les Vies d’artistes, une fiction ? » (1996, ENSBA) and on what should be considered a masterpiece, a series of conferences at the Louvre in 1998 which resulted in a publication, and also the « cycle Médicis comme discours panégyrique » (2003, Collège de France). He taught art history at Parsons Paris and at the Ecole du Louvre, as well as lecturing on a regular basis at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa and the University of La Rochelle.

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Bénédicte Bonnet Saint-Georges, jeudi 10 novembre 2011

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