Nicholas Serota has left Thursday his position as director of the British galleries Tate, after 28 years in office, to become president of the Arts Council of England, a public institution that sponsors art and culture.
the Serota London, a legend in the world of British art, described its passage by the Tate group, which arrived in 1988, as an “exciting challenge” that allowed him to participate in the “change appreciation “of the public to the visual arts in the UK.
Meanwhile, the chairman of Tate, John Browne, said it was an” honor “to have Serota as director of the galleries. “Under his leadership, Tate has become a cultural organization for national and international excellence and one of the most visited in the world,” he added.
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also pointed out that Serota “leaves Tate in a strong position” and said he wants “the best” in his new position, “it will be for the benefit of all the arts” .
Serota formally assume the new position in February, but will continue as director of the Tate group several months. The prestigious group of galleries has announced that “the process of finding a new director will begin immediately.”
The Tate galleries are composed of the Tate Britain and the Tate Modern in London -the latter, the museum contemporary art world’s most visited, with about five million visitors per year, Tate Liverpool and Tate St. Ives. Before directing the Tate, Serota headed the Museum of Modern Art in Oxford.