The Kimbell Art Museum has appointed Guillaume Kientz, the former curator of Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American art at the Musée du Louvre, Paris, curator of European art.
“I look forward to organizing stimulating exhibitions and working with the Kimbell’s celebrated permanent collection of masterpieces to inspire and connect with Museum visitors,” Kientz said in a news release. “For all art historians and museum lovers, the Kimbell is a jewel, with its high-profile collection and unique, splendid architecture.”
The Kimbell said Kientz is a specialist in the Spanish Golden Age and European Caravaggesque paintings.
At the Louvre, where he served as a curator for eight years, he developed the acclaimed exhibition Velázquez, shown at the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, in 2015, and co-curated the exhibition Ribera in Rome, held in 2014 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Rennes, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts, Strasbourg, the release said.
“I’m thrilled to welcome Kientz to the Kimbell,” said Eric M. Lee, director of the Kimbell Art Museum. “His expertise aligns beautifully with the Kimbell’s holdings of European art, and I’m looking forward to new exhibitions with his fresh perspective and discerning eye.”
Kientz visited the Kimbell in the fall of 2018 to present a Friday Evening Lecture entitled “Goya and the Spanish Imagination” in conjunction with the special exhibition Goya in Black and White.
Kientz has pursued research and earned degrees in political science and art history at the universities of at the universities of Strasbourg, Dijon and Aix-en-Provence.
Following his graduation from the Institut National du Patrimoine, Paris, in 2008, he joined the Regional Direction of Cultural Affairs in Auvergne, France, where he oversaw the preservation of historic monuments and buildings, before his appointment to the Louvre in 2010.
The Kimbell said his current research focuses on early 17th-century European painting, especially artists in the circle of Caravaggio.
He is preparing the first comprehensive retrospective devoted to the Spanish Renaissance master El Greco to be shown in France, opening at the Grand Palais, Paris, in October 2019 before moving to the Art Institute of Chicago in 2020.
– FWBP Staff