We are sad to announce that our Director, Dr Christoph Vogtherr, has decided to leave the museum in order to take up the post of Director at Germany’s Hamburger Kunsthalle.
Dr Vogtherr joined the Wallace Collection as the Curator of Old Master Paintings and was appointed as Director in October 2011. During his tenure Dr Vogtherr has been responsible for the acclaimed refurbishment of the museum’s Great Gallery, seen visitor numbers increased by 20% and has established the museum as an international research centre for French seventeenth and eighteenth century art and European arms and armour.
Dr Vogtherr said: “It has been a great privilege to be part of the Wallace Collection team over the past nine years and its Director for the past five. I am proud to have been associated with such an outstanding collection and to have made a contribution to ensuring its enduring appeal for future generations. The refurbishment of the Great Gallery has been a once-in-a-lifetime project. The Hamburg Kunsthalle has played a crucial role in the history of the art museum and current museum practice, which explains the timing of this decision but I know I leave the Collection in good hands under the Chairmanship of António Horta-Osório, who I know will lead the Collection from strength to strength”.
António Horta Osório, the Chairman of the Wallace Collection, said: “We are very sorry to learn of Dr Vogtherr’s decision. We are immensely grateful to him for the very substantial contribution he has made to the Wallace Collection. He will leave the museum in a position of great strength artistically and intellectually.”
Dr Vogtherr will take up his post in Hamburg in October and the Wallace Collection will begin the search for a new Director in due course.