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Press release from Ministry of Culture

Gitte Ørskou new director and head of Moderna Museet


Today the Government appointed Gitte Ørskou as the new director and head of Moderna Museet. Ms Ørskou will take up her post on 1 September 2019.


“Gitte Ørskou is a proven good leader and manager, with long experience of leading similar activities. She has sound knowledge and extensive experience of the art world, both in the Nordic countries and internationally. I am therefore very pleased she wants to assume this important position,” says Minister for Culture and Democracy Amanda Lind.

“I feel strongly motivated to lead Moderna Museet; one of the world’s most important museums of modern and contemporary art. Through my career, I have been focusing on building bridges between art and people. My motivation is to touch, move and engage all kinds of people through the power of art,” says Gitte Ørskou.

Information about Gitte Ørskou

Since 2009, Gitte Ørskou has been the director of Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg. Ms Ørskou was previously curator and later head curator of ARoS Aarhus Art Museum. In addition to these roles, Gitte Ørskou has held several positions of trust, including chair of the Danish Arts Foundation. She has long experience of working in the museum world and a solid academic background in art history and management.

Press contact

Josefin Sasse
Press Secretary to the Minister for Culture and Democracy, with responsibility for sport Amanda Lind
Phone (switchboard) +46 8 405 10 00

Information about Moderna Museet

The task of Moderna Museet is to exhibit, reflect, collect and preserve modern and contemporary art in all its forms. The museum is to promote artistic and cultural renewal, make the collections accessible to as large an audience as possible, arrange exhibitions and conduct educational activities. The museum is an authority under the Ministry of Culture and is located in Stockholm and Malmö.