Frances Morris

Tate Modern names new director

Simon Stephens, 20.01.2016
Frances Morris to replace Chris Dercon
Tate has chosen an existing staff member to replace Chris Dercon as the director of Tate Modern.

Frances Morris, the director of collection, international art, at Tate, will become the director of the London gallery later this year. Dercon will leave after five years in the role.

Morris will join Tate Modern at a key time as the gallery looks forward to the opening of its £260m extension in June.

Morris joined Tate as a curator in 1987, becoming the head of displays at Tate Modern in 2000 and then later the director of collection, international art. She was jointly responsible for the initial presentation of the opening collection displays at Tate Modern in 2000.

“Tate Modern is a truly unique institution and I have been privileged to have been part of the team from the very beginning,” said 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.”

Morris has curated three major retrospectives of women artists: Louise Bourgeois in 2007, Yayoi Kusama in 2012, and Agnes Martin in 2015.

Morris studied her BA in history of art at Cambridge University and her MA in history of art at the Courtauld Institute of Art, London. She is a board member at Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh.

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