Gregor Muir is Named Tate’s Director of Collection, International Art

He brings nonprofit and commercial experience.

Gregor Muir. Photo courtesy Tate.
Gregor Muir. Photo courtesy Tate.

Gregor Muir, executive director of London’s Institute of Contemporary Art, has been named the Director of Collection, International Art, at Tate, London. He succeeds Frances Morris, who was appointed director of Tate Modern in January after nearly a decade in the post. Muir moves into his new office in January.

“Gregor has, for decades, played a central role in promoting British and international contemporary art and has a wealth of relevant experience,” said Tate director Nicholas Serota in an announcement. “He has had a distinguished curatorial career to date, and has built longstanding relationships with a wide range of artists and colleagues in the field.”

Director at the ICA since 2011, Muir earned a spot on the London Evening Standard’s list of that city’s most influential art personalities. He’s turned that influence to bring attention to, among other topics, the issue of rampant gentrification in the English capital, programming a series of Frieze fair talks on subjects such as “Can Artists Still Afford to Live in London?”

Among the programming he’s overseen at the ICA have been shows devoted to Tauba Auerbach, Isa Genzken, and Bruce Nauman. He’s also taken the institution’s programming on the road, organizing ICA exhibitions as far away as Hong Kong.

Muir was director at Hauser & Wirth’s London venue from 2004 to 2011, after serving as a contemporary art curator at Tate from 2001 to 2004. He had established London’s Lux Gallery in 1987, showing artists including Kutluğ Ataman, Carsten Höller and Jane and Louise Wilson.


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