Max Hollein, since 2018 director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, will additionally assume the role of CEO of the institution in July 2023. The post is vacated by Daniel Weiss, who announced earlier this year that he would step down. in June 2023 after six years in the role (Weiss has served as the museum’s president since 2015; he assumed the additional role of CEO in 2017). The Met Board’s decision to appoint Hollein to the position followed an exploration by a sub-committee of Hollein’s achievements to date and his suitability for the position.
“We are delighted to appoint Max to lead the Met into the future,” board co-chairs Tony James and Candace Beinecke said in a joint statement. “He ably oversaw the programmatic side during this most turbulent time – finding a way to create an environment where the Met’s incomparable staff were able to excel – while benefiting from the partnership and leadership of Dan Weiss, whose leadership and mentorship has been extraordinary.The Met is extremely fortunate to have a great leader in Dan for next year, and to have Max ready and able to lead in the years to come.
Before coming to the Met, Hollein served for several years as director of the fine arts museums of San Francisco. Previously, he served as director and CEO of three German institutions: the Schirn Kunsthalle, home to modern and contemporary art; the Städel Museum, which houses an important collection of ancient, 19th century and modern art; and the Liebieghaus, whose sculpture collection features works ranging from ancient Egyptian to neoclassical.
Hollein’s rise to CEO marks the Met’s return to a traditional leadership structure. The museum separated the role of CEO from those of president and director (having paired it with one or the other) following the controversial departure in 2017 of Thomas Campbell, who had held both roles since 2009 For his part, Weiss — whose tenure encompassed the Covid-19 crisis and who has overseen several capital projects, most recently the launch of a $500 million modern wing remodel — didn’t seem to have no regrets giving the role to Hollein. “I would rather come out on top,” he told the New York Times. “Better to go out when things are going well in a position of strength.”