(Art Newspaper) Meet the new guard: How the Uffizi’s first foreign director plans to modernise the museum

Eike Schmidt, the new director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence

Eike Schmidt, the new director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence. Photo: © Zuma Press/Alamy

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.

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