January 8, 2019

Director Marc-Olivier Wahler to Leave MSU Broad Art Museum

EAST LANSING, MICHIGAN—Marc-Olivier Wahler, director of the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, will leave the institution after two and a half years. Gareth Harris and Philippe Regnier report for The Art Newspaper that Wahler is stepping down for family reasons.

The Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University was designed by architect Zaha Hadid and opened in 2012 following a $28 million donation to the university from entrepreneur and art collector Eli Broad. Wahler joined the institution in 2016 after serving as director and chief curator of the Palais de Tokyo, Paris, from 2006 to 2012. While at the Broad, Wahler curated lead exhibitions from French artist Michel Parmentier and Michiganders Mike Kelley and Jim Shaw, from which selected pieces were added to the museum’s collection, and the group exhibition The Transported Man, a survey of international artists working with magic, multiple identities, and belief systems. Across its exhibitions series, the museum hosted approximately thirty shows per year during his tenure.

A statement from the university about Wahler’s departure thanked him “for the lasting impact of his innovative vision for MSU Broad, and his initiation of Art Lab, a new collaborative and community-oriented venue that is dedicated to the museum’s collection and functions as a testing ground for what may define the museum of the future.” Plans to find Wahler’s replacement have not yet been made.

Speaking with Artsy, Wahler said he intends to work on various projects and open a new exhibition space in Paris designed by David Chipperfield that will debut in 2021.

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