Sabine Breitwieser, the chief curator of media and performance art at MoMA, will be the next director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, according to an announcement by the Austrian museum. Ms. Brietwieser, who will be leaving the role she took on at MoMA in October 2010, will succeed outgoing Museum der Moderne director Toni Stooss when she assumes her new position in December 2013.
While at MoMA, Ms. Breitwieser helped stage ambitious projects for the museum’s performance program including “Performing Histories: Live Artworks Examining the Past,” an ongoing two-part show of recently acquired media works in which artists deconstruct and re-perform history, Martha Rosler’s “Meta-Monumental Garage Sale,” an upcoming installation in which MoMA’s atrium will be transformed into an enormous garage sale and “Some Sweet Day,” a three-week series of dance performances that pairs six internationally renowned choreographers.
Born in Wels, Austria, in 1962, Ms. Brietwieser founded the Generali Foundation in Vienna in 1988, and was the director and curator there until 2007. From 2003 to 2004 Breitwieser was a co-curator of the Liverpool Biennial and since 2004, she’s served on the executive board of the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art. As the chief curator of the department of media and performance art, which was until 2009 known as the department of media, Ms. Breitwieser helped usher in a new era for performance art at MoMA.
“Smaller institutions still offer the opportunity to think ‘big,’ and to realize innovative plans,” Ms. Breitwieser said in a statement. “I have the impression that my ideas will be supported [at the Museum der Moderne]. My previous work, founding and directing a smaller institution, ultimately brought me into a leading position in one of the biggest and most well-known museums. This proves that the radiation effect of one house does not have to be limited locally. I’m very much looking forward to my task in Salzburg, to which I will bring experience of having directed a house and built up a collection, as well as knowledge from my current position as chief curator of media and performance art at MoMA.”
Congratulations to Ms. Breitwieser.