Glenn D. Lowry, director of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), has announced the appointment of Martino Stierli as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. Stierli is currently the Swiss National Science Foundation Professor at the Institute of Art History of the University of Zurich, where he teaches the history of modern architecture.
In his new role, he will oversee the department of architecture and design’s wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations from the collection, and acquisitions. He succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down in 2013 to become the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History in the department of art history and archaeology at Columbia University, and who remains a part-time curator at MoMA. Stierli’s appointment begins in March 2015.
“The breadth and depth of Martino’s scholarship, knowledge, and interests in architecture, design, and modern art are impressive,” said Lowry. “He brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context. With his solid grounding in the history of modern architecture and art, coupled with a keen interest in contemporary practice, Martino will be an effective and energetic leader.”