Yesterday Spain’s Minister for Culture, Carmen Calvo, announced that the new director of the Reina Sofia Art Museum was Ana Martinez de Aguilar, former director of the Esteban Vicente Museum in Segovia.
There has been alot of controversy about the appointment of a new director for Spain’s biggest contemporary art museum. Bonet, former Director of the Reina Sofia, sent an angry and public letter of resignation last weekend after reading declarations made by the new Minister in a newspaper interview in which she said she was surprised that he had still not resigned (state museum directors are appointed directly by the Spanish government, and Bonet was appointed by the Popular Party).
The Minister for Culture confirmed yesterday speculation aired in the press this week, that the Socialist government’s first choice for the Reina Sofia’s new director had been Vicente Todoli, director of the Modern Tate Gallery in London.
Todoli declined the offer because he has a five-year contract with the Modern Tate.