Director Moderna Museet Malmö
Photo: Kristina J Eldon
Moderna Museet Malmö
The appointment of a director for Moderna Museet Malmö was anounced at a press conference at Moderna Museet on 27 November 2008. The director will be Magnus Jensner, currently senior art curator at Dunkers kulturhus in Helsingborg.
Magnus Jensner will take up his new position on 1 February, 2009. Moderna Museet Malmö, a branch of the government body Moderna Museet and a manifestation of a unique collaboration between the government, Region Skåne and the City of Malmö, will open its doors to the public in autumn 2009.
Magnus Jensner has been head of the art department at Dunkers kulturhus since the start in 2002, and has curated some 60 exhibitions there: the acclaimed Nattens Industri (Night Industry) with Jan Håfström, Identitetsfrisen (The Identity Frieze) with Torsten Andersson, Stereotype with Annika Larsson, Ögonvittne (Eye Witness) - Moderna Museet c/o Dunkers kulturhus, Visages & Voyages with Runa Islam and The Marriage of Reason and Squalor with Jake and Dinos Chapman, to name but a few.
Prior to this, Magnus Jensner was a curator for four years, including a period as temporary director of the defunct Rooseum, which was formerly located in the building that now houses the new Moderna Museet Malmö. Jensner has an academic background in art history, philosophy and history of ideas. He and his family have been living in Malmö for several years, and he has also lived, studied and worked in Philadelphia, USA, for seven years.
Moderna Museet’s director, Lars Nittve, on the appointment: “Moderna Museet Malmö will be a top-level art museum of international standing with an independent exhibition programme. We are delighted to have found a director with a firm local connection and a solid regional reputation, as well as a broad international outlook.”
Magnus Jensner, future director of Moderna Museet Malmö: “Backed by the aggregate knowledge of Moderna Museet, its impressive collection and excellent reputation, I am delighted, proud and very enthusiastic to take part in building a new art institution in Malmö! This will generate interesting opportunities for new forms of museum activities regionally, nationally and internationally.”
Photo: Jan Engsmar