Tate announced this appointment early this morning, Frances Morris has worked at the gallery for well over 30 years. Morris’ expertise lies in International art, consequently her title is director of collections in International art. Frances Morris has overall responsibility for developing Tate’s collection of international art, in all media, from 1900 to the present day. Morris also partakes in activities in relation to acquiring works for Tate’s curatorial team.
“Tate Modern is a truly unique institution and I have been privileged to have been part of the team from the very beginning,” said Frances Morris.
“An incredible collection, amazing artists, extraordinary colleagues across Tate, brilliant supporters and wave upon wave of appreciative visitors have given me many creative opportunities and memorable experiences.
“I am thrilled and excited to be appointed as director and look forward to taking on this new role at such an exciting time for the museum.”
Morris joined Tate as a curator in 1987 and become head of displays at Tate Modern in 2000. Along the way she curated a number of breakthrough exhibitions, including popular retrospectives on women artists such as Yayoi Kusama and Agnes Martin.
She has also contributed to a number of books such as the ‘Henri Rousseau: Jungles in Paris’ exhibition catalogue and ‘Yayoi Kusama’ exhibition catalogue.
Morris will take up the position later this year, replacing Chris Dercon who has been in the role for five years.
The new Tate Modern extension is due to open this June.
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