National Gallery of Ireland appoints new director.

Sean Rainbird. (Courtesy of Staatsgalerie Stuttgart)


NEWS RELEASE: 01 December 2011 

Statement by Olive Braiden, Chair of the Board of Governors of the National Gallery:
"I am delighted to announce that Sean Rainbird, the Director of Staatsgalerie of Stuttgart, Germany, will be our new Director of the National Gallery of Ireland, succeeding Raymond Keaveney who is retiring.
Mr Rainbird has an impressive track record.  Since 2006, he has been Director of the Staatsgalerie which is well known for its celebrated extension by James Stirling.  The Gallery has 220 staff and 8,500 square metres of space, as well as 12,000 friends, the second highest in Germany.  The National Gallery of Ireland has 120 staff and 16,000 square metres of space.  The German gallery’s collection spans the period 1280 to the present.  It has excellent holdings of medieval Swabian, Italian baroque, Dutch golden age, classic modern and contemporary art.  It also holds several renowned archives.
Prior to being a Director in Germany, Mr Rainbird was Curator/Senior Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Tate Gallery, London from 1987 until 2006.  He is a Trustee of the Marie-Louise von Motesiczky Charitable Trust, a member of the Kuratorium of the Bucerius Kunst Forum, is a former acquisition advisor to the Verbund collection, Vienna and to Southampton City Art Gallery and a former advisory board member of the Nuremburg Art Academy and Committee Member of the Contemporary Art Society.
Jimmy Deenihan TD, the Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht welcomes the appointment of Mr Sean Rainbird, and looks forward to working with him as he builds on the significant achievements of his predecessor, Mr Raymond Keaveney, whom he wishes well in his upcoming retirement after 23 years of exemplary service.
Mr Rainbird will start as Director of the National Gallery of Ireland in the first half of 2012.
The National Gallery of Ireland is pleased to have attracted Sean from Germany to Ireland to be our new Director.  He has an outstanding track record and has much experience as a curator, as a director, in exhibition programmes, in digitising collections, in overseeing building projects, in fundraising and organisational change, all important skills in these times.  I look forward to working with him."

Statement by Sean Rainbird:
 "I am honoured to be appointed as the next Director of the National Gallery of Ireland by the Board of Governors and Guardians. During this period of rebuilding and transition there will be many challenges ahead in these uncertain times. I look forward to working in this great institution, building upon the expertise and experience of the Gallery's excellent staff and many supporters."

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