The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin has appointed Caroline Campbell as its new director. Campbell, who will take office in November 2022, will be the first female director in the museum’s 158-year history.
Campbell will join the Dublin attraction, which houses a collection of Irish and European art, having served as director of collections and research at the National Gallery in London since 2018. She will succeed former museum director Sean Rainbird , who will step down from his role at the helm of the institution after ten years in September.
A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, Campbell previously held curatorial positions at the Courtauld Gallery in London and the
Ashmolean Museum, Oxford. Born in Belfast, Northern Ireland, she graduated from Oxford University and the Courtauld Institute of Art.
In a statement, Mary Keane, chair of the board of governors and guardians of the National Gallery of Ireland, said Campbell’s appointment as head of his first wife would be “groundbreaking” for the national museum, which has reopened to the public. in 2018 after a five-year renovation project. Since the unveiling of its renovated building, the museum has announced that its number of visitors has almost doubled since 2017.
“Building on the accomplishments of Sean Rainbird, I look forward to working with the gallery’s board and staff on this world-class collection, making its riches available to audiences as wide as possible, both in Ireland and abroad,” Campbell said in a statement.
Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery in London, hailed Campbell’s international reputation as an expert in Renaissance art, calling her “a gifted art historian and a very talented communicator”, Finadli added that the change of role will bring “even closer collaboration,” with the Museum of Ireland.