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Who is Matthew Teitelbaum?

October 20th, 2011

Matthew Teitelbaum is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, but what else do you know about one of Toronto’s most influential arts figures?

Matthew Teitelbaum is the Art Gallery of Ontario's Michael and Sonja Koerner director, and CEO, but what else do you know about one of Toronto’s most influential arts figures?

Matthew Teitelbaum

  • Matthew Teitelbaum joined the AGO in 1993 as chief curator before becoming director in 1998.
  • His official title is the Art Gallery of Ontario’s Michael and Sonja Koerner director and CEO. The practice of ‘named titles’ is more common in the USA than in Canada – it means that the Koerner’s made a donation to the Gallery to cover the cost of the director’s salary.
  • Since he joined the AGO the Gallery has added almost 60,000 new works to its permanent collection.
  • Before joining the AGO, Matthew held curatorial positions with the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; the Mendel Art Gallery, Saskatoon and the London Regional Art Gallery. He has taught at Harvard, York University and the University of Western Ontario, and has lectured across North America.
  • He received the honour of Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres by the French government for his ongoing commitment and contributions to the arts.
  • He’s from an arty family. His father, Mashel, was a painter and prominent figure in the Toronto art scene.

“(Chagall)’s surrounded by people who started painting and creating abstractly — they were trying to simplify, simplify, simplify and make something pure and beautiful. Chagall never gives up the image. He’s always telling a story.” – Matthew Teitelbaum on Chagall

Matthew Teitelbaum, Christopher Hume and the ROM’s Janet Harding ask, ‘what are museums for?’


 

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