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March 23, 2016

San Francisco Art Museums Appoints Frankfurt Museum Head as Director

The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco on Tuesday named Max Hollein, the Vienna-born leader of a trio of German art institutions, as its new director, fillng a nearly year-old vacancy, reports the San Francisco Chronicle. Mr. Hollein replaces Colin Bailey, who departed in April after two years in San Francisco to become director of the Morgan Library & Museum in New York.

The Fine Arts Museums consists of the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor, San Francisco's two largest cultural institutions. Mr. Hollein, the son of a Pritzker Prize-winning architect, has experience with such multitasking as the director of three noted museums in Frankfurt. He began his career at the Guggenheim Museum in New York.

As a combined entity, the de Young and the Legion of Honor rank fifth in attendance among U.S art museums. In recent years they have weathered staff turmoil and fiscal controversy under the stewardship of CEO and board President Diane B. "Dede" Wilsey, a prominent Bay Area philanthropist.