Suzanne Cotter to Head Serralvos Museum


The Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art, Porto, Portugal, has named Suzanne Cotter as their new director. Cotter’s selection from a pool of 100 candidates marks the end of an international search.

Cotter will replace João Fernandes, who has been with the museum since its opening in 1999 and has served as its director since 2003. Fernandes is joining the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, as deputy director. Under Fernandes, exhibitions at the Serralves included “Robert Rauschenberg: Travelling ’70–’76” (2008) and “Bruce Nauman: One Hundred Fish Fountain, 2005” (2008).

Currently the curator for the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi project, a role she has held since 2010, Cotter co-curated the 10th Sharjah Biennial, “Plot for a Biennial,” in 2011. Prior to her tenure at the Guggenheim, Cotter worked for Modern Art Oxford, UK, holding several positions, including senior curator and deputy director. Awarded the medal of Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication in 2005, Cotter has curated exhibitions of work by artists such as Lucio Fontana and Paul Klee.

Cotter will take up her new post in January 2013.