Philippe de Montebello

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Museum Pioneer Thomas Hoving Dead at 78

He transformed role of curator while at the Met

(Newser) - Thomas Hoving, who helped transform the role of museum curator in his decade at the helm of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, died today. He was 78 and suffered from cancer. "I'm a goner,” he had told author Michael Gross , who broke the news on... More »

Met Surprises With Choice of New Director

Tapestries curator takes over America's top museum job

(Newser) - The Metropolitan Museum in New York has chosen Thomas P. Campbell, its curator of European tapestries, as its new director, reports the New York Times. Campbell succeeds Philippe de Montebello, who transformed the Met during his 31 years at the helm. The selection of Campbell, an insider who did not... More »

Long-Serving Met Director Set to Retire

Philippe de Montebello transformed New York's most popular attraction

(Newser) - Philippe de Montebello, the longest-serving director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, will retire by year's end, Bloomberg reports. Since he took over in 1977, the museum has nearly doubled its exhibition space, including popular Greek and Roman antiquities galleries that opened in April; at 4.6 million visitors a... More »

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