My article “Meet the new guard: How the Uffizi’s first foreign director plans to modernise the museum” appears in Art Newspaper. Here’s the lede:
When Italy’s minister of culture called Eike Schmidt early one morning in August to offer him the job as director of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, “I thought maybe I was still dreaming”, he says. This month, the German-born Schmidt, formerly a curator at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, will become the first foreigner to lead the Uffizi—Italy’s most visited museum.
Schmidt is one of seven non-Italians appointed to direct the country’s state museums as part of a sweeping reform that seeks to bring the institutions in line with their more business-minded peers in the US and the UK. The Uffizi and other state museums will also fundraise independently for the first time; in the past, the culture ministry distributed funds among museums.