After years of uncertainty, the J. Paul Getty Museum has a new director. The Getty Trust, which operates the museum’s two locations, announced today that Timothy Potts will take the helm as of Sept. 1, the Los Angeles Times reports.
Here’s a brief biography from that paper:
A Sydney native who early on ran the National Gallery of Victoria in Australia, Potts, 53, is currently the director of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge in England. He is best known in the U.S. for running the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, Texas, from 1998 to 2007, which compares to the Getty Museum in the size of its acquisition budget. During his tenure at the Kimbell, he made several high-profile acquisitions, including Donatello, Michelozzo and Bernini sculptures.
The announcement came from the head of the trust, Jim Cuno, who is also new to the job, taking the position after the former head died in June 2010.