Apr 11, 2018

The Met has appointed Max Hollein, previously of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, as its new director.

Hollein, 48, will oversee “the artistic side of the museum — exhibitions, acquisitions, programming,” according to the New York Times, when he formally assumes the directorship this summer. Daniel H. Weiss, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s president and CEO, will remain in charge of its business and operations. It is the first time in 60 years the venerable New York institution has not appointed someone from within its own ranks, the Times reported. Before moving to San Francisco in 2016, Hollein directed several institutions in Frankfurt over the course of 15 years, including the Städel Museum, which is known for its Old Masters collection. He was responsible for developing what the Times called “a forceful digital strategy” at the Städel, and raised significant private funds for renovation and expansion, an unusual accomplishment in Europe, where museums receive much more government support. He brought his innovative vision to San Francisco, too, creating digital experiences for the Fine Arts Museums, including a Minecraft map of the pyramids of Teotihuacan, for a show on the Mexican archaeological site.