The Israel Museum, Jerusalem, has appointed the German-born Rita Kersting as curator of contemporary art.

Currently an independent curator in the Netherlands, Kersting was previously director of the Kunstverein für die Rheinlande und Westfalen, Düsseldorf (2001-07), where, among other projects, she organized solo shows of artists including Tacita Dean and Rineke Dijkstra. She also built a contemporary art collection at the Museum Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf, and was the curator of contemporary art for the Ministry of Culture of North Rhine-Westphalia. She has curated many exhibitions in her home country, most recently the 130-artist survey "abc--about painting," in 2011. She begins her new job in October.

Also at the Israel Museum, Mira Lapidot, curator of fine arts and assistant to the chief curator of fine arts since 2003, has been promoted to chief curator of fine arts, effective immediately. Her department encompasses Western and non-Western cultures and a broad historical range that includes European art, modern art, arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas, and other areas.

Both positions were previously held by Suzanne Landau, who will become director and chief curator at the Tel Aviv Museum in September.