New Head Curator

National Gallery of Ireland appoints new Head Curator.

The National Gallery of Ireland has appointed Fionnuala Croke as its new Keeper and Head Curator. She succeeds Sergio Benedetti who retired from his post last October.

As Head Curator, Ms Croke, who takes up her post this month, will be responsible for curatorial matters, exhibitions and the Registrar's office.

Fionnuala Croke joined the National Gallery of Ireland in 1987 as a Research Fellow, a post financed by the Gallery's Research Fellowship Fund. She subsequently became Curator of French Paintings. Throughout the 1990's, in tandem with her curatorial duties, she was responsible for administrating virtually every exhibition hosted by the Gallery. In 2000, she was appointed Head of Exhibitions in anticipation of the opening of the Millennium Wing which today houses the Gallery's dedicated exhibition facility. She has personally curated a number of major exhibitions, more recently, Paintings from Poland: Symbolism to Modern Art (2007-08), and Samuel Beckett: A Passion for Paintings (2006).

Ms Croke's Masters Thesis, which she presented to University College Dublin in 1987, (later published in The Burlington magazine), threw new light on the eighteenth-century decoration of San Clemente Basilica in Rome. In 2002 she gained a first class honours MBA at the UCD Smurfit School of Business. In 2007, she secured a place at the prestigious Getty Museum Leadership Institute at the Getty Centre in Los Angeles. She has lectured in French painting at her alma mater, UCD, and is a member of a number of international committees, including the Steering Committee of the International Exhibitions Group.

Raymond Keaveney, Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, welcomed the new appointment which carries with it a number of key responsibilities. He added that as the Gallery enters a new period of redevelopment in terms of improved infrastructure and public access to the collection, it will be ever more important for the curators to continue to enhance and further promote the permanent collection through the display, research and collaboration with other institutions both nationally and internationally.