New York's Museum of Modern Art announced today that Martino Stierli will be its new chief curator of architecture and design. Stierli replaces Barry Bergdoll, who left the museum last summer for a professorial appointment at New York's Columbia University. Bergdoll will remain a part-time MoMA curator; Stierli assumes his new post March 2015.
The Swiss-born Stierli is a professor at the University of Zurich's Institute of Art History, where he teaches and researches, among other topics, architecture and media, modernism in Latin America, and architectural devices of framing and display. He curated, with Hilar Stadler, "The Architecture of Hedonism: Three Villas in the Island of Capri" for this year's Venice Architecture Biennale; the show focuses on Villa Tiberius, Villa Lysis and Casa Malaparte. Last year the Getty Research Institute released the English version of his first book, Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film, first published in 2010. Stierli has also authored essays on a wide range of artists and architects, among them Mies van der Rohe, Rem Koolhaas and Ed Ruscha.
In a press release, Stierli commented on MoMA's "groundbreaking exhibitions that promote and critically reflect upon modern and contemporary architecture" and expressed his excitement about "working with the museum's extraordinary team to contribute to shaping the current discourse on architecture and the city-locally, nationally, and globally."