New Uffizi Director Named

A German native resident in the U.S., Eike Schmidt, has just been named the new director of the Uffizi Gallery, replacing Antonio Natali.  He is currently director of the sculpture and applied arts section of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts; from 2006 to 2008, he was a curator in the department of sculpture and decorative arts at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California. Prior, Schmidt was the director of the European sculpture and applied arts department of Sotheby’s in London, following a position as curator at Washington’s National Gallery.

From 1994 to 2001, Schmidt was a research fellow at the Florence’s prestigious Deutsches Kunsthistorisches Institut.  He earned a degree in medieval and modern art at the University of Heidelberg, with a thesis on the “Ivory Sculptures in 15th and 16th Century Medici Collections.”

The Uffizi is most-visited museum in Italy, attracting nearly 2 million tourists in 2014.  Immediate plans are to incorporate the Uffizi with the Palazzo Pitti museum complex, the Vasari Corridor and the Boboli Gardens, and Schmidt will oversee the new organization.

To read more in Italian, see Florence’s La Repubblica news site.