Carmen Giménez Named Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art

Carmen Giménez

Carmen Giménez, Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art. Photo: Lina Bertucci

Richard Armstrong, Director, Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and Museum, has announced that Carmen Giménez has been named Stephen and Nan Swid Curator of Twentieth-Century Art, a position formerly held by the late Robert Rosenblum from 1996 to 2006. Giménez, who has been Curator of Twentieth-Century Art since 1989, will assume her new expanded position immediately.

Internationally recognized for exhibitions of the highest quality, Giménez has organized some of the most critically acclaimed exhibitions of modern art. Her recent projects for the Guggenheim include Richard Serra: The Matter of Time (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2005); David Smith: A Centennial (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2006); Spanish Painting from El Greco to Picasso: Time, Truth, and History (Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, 2006–07); Juan Muñoz (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2008); All the Histories of Art: The Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2008–09); Cy Twombly (Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, 2008–09); and Abstraction and Empathy (Deutsche Guggenheim, Berlin, 2009).

“We are thrilled that Carmen will take on this important curatorial role at the Guggenheim,” said Armstrong. “Carmen has an exceptional eye and a wealth of knowledge. With the Swid family’s continued endowment of this position, Carmen will carry on her important and scholarly work and play a more active role in our international operations. This is a very exciting moment for the Guggenheim Museum.”

Before coming to the Guggenheim Museum, Giménez served as Executive Advisor to the Spanish Minister of Culture, Javier Solana, from 1983 to 1989, where she developed a program of international exhibitions for museums in Madrid. In 1984 she was appointed Director of the National Center for Exhibitions for the Spanish Ministry of Culture, where she established the center’s exhibition policy and organized various exhibitions, showcasing Spanish art at numerous international venues. In the early 1990s, after coming to the Guggenheim Museum, Giménez laid the fundamental groundwork for a satellite institution in Spain, setting up the negotiations with the Basque government and paving the way for the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao, which opened in 1997.


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