Tate Modern Taps Karin Hindsbo—the Force Behind Scandinavia’s Largest-Ever Museum—as Its New Director

The Danish curator, who oversaw the opening of the National Museum in Oslo, Norway, will face a different set of challenges in the U.K.

Karin Hindsbo is the new director of Tate Modern in London. Photo: Ina Wesenberg; © The National Museum, Oslo.

Tate has named Karin Hindsbo as the new director of Tate Modern in London starting in September 2023. She will replace Frances Morris, who resigned at the end of last year after six years in the role.

Hindsbo will head to Tate from the National Museum in Oslo, Norway, a major institution that opened last year as a merging of four public museums. As its director since 2017, she oversaw its $650 million revamp into one mammoth collection of 400,000 objects; It is now the largest museum in Scandinavia.

“The success of the new National Museum in Oslo—delivered in the midst of a global pandemic—is a testament to her skill as a leader,” said Tate’s director Maria Balshaw in a press statement. “Her nuanced and diverse approach to expressing national and transnational artistic ecologies chimes with Tate Modern’s ethos brilliantly.”

Previously, she was director at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum in Kristiansand, Norway, from 2012 to 2014, before heading to Kode in Bergen, Norway.

In recent years, the oil-rich Norway has poured money into its museum sector, but Hindsbo is likely to face a different kind of landscape with her move to London. Already established as one of the best-known and most visited museums in the world, Tate Modern has also struggled to recover its pre-pandemic visitor numbers and many cultural institutions in the U.K. have faced cuts in funding.

“Tate Modern has always been a special place for me and I have had some of my greatest experiences encountering art there,” Hindsbo said in a statement. “I am eager to continue the magnificent work being done, creating a unique and inspiring museum for a wide and diverse audience.”

Hindsbo, who will be the U.K. institution’s second woman leader after Morris, leaves her post in Oslo on June 1. The Norwegian museum is now looking for her successor.

 

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