Hafþór Yngvason, director of the Reykjavik Art Museum in Iceland, will start as the director of Western Washington University’s Western Gallery and Public Art Collection in September 2015.
As gallery director, Yngvason will be the principal curator of the university’s visual art collections. That includes the Public Sculpture Collection, which Yngvason said attracted him to the position.
“This is without doubt one of the very best such collections in the United States,” he said in a press release, adding that he has always been interested in showing art in common places where “people experience the work as part of their daily life.”
Yngvason has curated several exhibitions and large-scale public projects at the Reykjavik Museum, including Yoko Ono’s Imagine Peace Tower in Viðey, Iceland
Previous gallery director Sarah Clark-Langager retired in August 2014.
See the full press release from Western here.