Penelope Curtis to leave Tate Britain for Lisbon's Gulbenkian

Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon

Penelope Curtis is to leave her post as director of Tate Britain to head up Lisbon's Calouste Gulbenkian Museum, the first international director in the role. During her five years at the helm of Tate Britain Curtis oversaw its major renovation programme and rehang, but also faced criticism for some curatorial initiatives and staffing cuts, The Guardian reminds.

Exhibitions on the Pre-Raphaelites in 2012, Lowry in 2013 and Turner in 2014 proved popular and the museum was shortlisted for the Art Fund Museum of the Year in 2014 but but Tate Britain also saw a drop in visitor numbers in 2013.

Curtis will take up her role at the Gulbenkian later in the year.

1 April 2015