New Director Announced
Matthias Waschek, the new Director of the Worcester Art Museum.
Matthias Waschek arrives at the Worcester Art Museum with an international career of 20 years in the art world. As the Director of the Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts in St. Louis, Missouri, he built that institution’s structure and shaped its identity as both locally anchored by and nationally recognized for its exhibitions and programming. Before moving to the USA, Waschek was Head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum, conceiving and leading lecture series and symposia around collections and exhibitions, to interface between academia, the museum world and the general public.
With a Ph.D. from Bonn University on French Symbolism, Waschek first published and lectured widely about art and artists of the second half of the 19th century. His field of scholarly work and publications broadened during his tenure at the Louvre, including proceedings of a symposium on artists’ lives (Ensb-a 1996) and a study on Rubens’ Medici Cycle (Collège de France 2003) or, for broader audiences, “What is a Masterwork?” (Gallimard 2000). As director and curator of the Pulitzer, he created award-winning web-catalogues, notably “Brancusi and Serra in Dialogue” (2004/5), “Portrait/Hommage/Embodiment” (2007) and “Ideal (Dis-)Placements: Old Masters at the Pulitzer” (2009/10). A book on Ann Hamilton’s “stylus” installation, which he curated in 2010, will be published at the end of this year.
Waschek has a broad experience in communicating with and about art: as a professor of art history notably at Parsons Paris (then part of the New School for Social Research in New York) and the école du Louvre; as regular guest lecturer at the Scuola Normale Superiore di Pisa, the université de La Rochelle, and others; and as the initiator of a ground-breaking collaboration with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, that combined questions of art experience with those of social integration.
Matthias Waschek will join the Museum in November.