Museum of Contemporary Art Australia appoints Suzanne Cotter as its new director


Suzanne Cotter – an internationally renowned museum director – has been appointed the new director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA). Cotter will begin her new role in early January 2022, taking the reins from longtime director of the MCA, Elizabeth Ann Macgregor.

Cotter is Australian with over thirty years of international experience. Currently director of the Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean (MUDAM), Luxembourg, her distinguished career includes positions as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of the Serralves Foundation in Porto (Portugal), curator of the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation New York and deputy Director and curator at Large of Modern Art Oxford (UK).

Cotter is a leading curator and scholar of international contemporary art. She has been responsible for an impressive series of exhibitions and commissions with many of the most important contemporary artists. She has also held curatorial positions in leading galleries such as the Hayward Gallery, Whitechapel Art Gallery and the Serpentine Gallery in London. In 2011 she curated the 10th Sharjah Biennale in the United Arab Emirates with Rasha Salti and Haig Aivazian, which was awarded the Alice Award Artistic Landmarks in Contemporary Experience for the best biennial.

Cotter is a member of numerous international juries and juries for contemporary art, she is also Secretary General of the Board of CIMAM (International Committee for Modern and Contemporary Art Museums). In 2005, Cotter was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for her contribution to culture through her curatorial work.

Lorraine Tarabay, Chair of the MCA Board of Directors, said, “We are thrilled to have an Australian of Suzanne’s caliber return to our shores to lead the exciting next chapter of the MCA. The board was impressed by Suzanne’s extensive experience, international networks, extensive expertise in dealing with multiple stakeholders, and her proven ability for artistic and strategic vision that ideally enables her to run the museum at this critical time.

“Suzanne has worked at several major contemporary art institutions in Europe, the United States and the Middle East.

“She is very respected by artists and their colleagues around the world. Suzanne is internationally recognized as an active part of the modern and contemporary art museum community. She brings an outstanding network of connections and international best practices in contemporary art museum management, programs, thought leadership and curatorial excellence to the MCA. She is incredibly well positioned to advocate Australian art and artists on the global stage. “

Commenting on her appointment, Cotter said, “I am delighted to take on the role of Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia. I am inspired by the MCA and its collection, exhibition and social programs, its commitment to living artists, especially the work of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander artists, and the importance of art in everyone’s life.

“In the wake of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and in response to the growing power of environmental and social justice movements around the world, the museum is playing a critical role for the various communities it serves and in which they can recognize themselves and their world . The MCA responds to this context and secures its place as an outstanding institution in Australian cultural life. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead the extraordinary team of the MCA and to help shape the future of the museum. “

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