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October 18, 2018

Luke Syson Named Director of Fitzwilliam Museum at University of Cambridge

CAMBRIDGE, ENGLAND—Luke Syson has been appointed Director and Marley Curator of the Fitzwilliam Museum at the University of Cambridge. Syson joins the Fitzwilliam from the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where he has served as the Iris and B. Gerald Cantor Chairman of European Sculpture and Decorative Arts since 2012. Syson was previously curator of Italian Painting Before 1500 and head of research at the National Gallery, London.

At the Fitzwilliam, Syson will oversee the academic direction and collection of the museum as well as the realization of the Museum Masterplan, which seeks to develop the museum’s physical space and mission over the next five to fifteen years. The museum holds objects and works of art from antiquity to the twenty-first century in its collection and is the lead partner of the University of Cambridge Museums, a sector-leading Arts Council National Portfolio Organisation. Syson’s directorship will also include strategic collaborations with the university and research and educational programming.

“Luke Syson brings extensive skills and experience gained from working in senior leadership and curatorial positions at some of the world’ most prestigious museums,” said Geoff Ward, acting director of the Fitzwilliam. “His work at the Met with European sculpture and decorative arts, following on his expertise with Italian painting at the National Gallley, Medieval and Renaissance collections at the V&A and coins and medals at the British Museum will prepare him as he takes on the role of director of the extraordinary and wide-ranging collection that we have at the Fitzwilliam Museum.”

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