The Israel Museum in Jerusalem has appointed Denis Weil as its new director. Weil is currently Dean of the Institute of Design at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He will take office on March 1, 2022, succeeding Ido Bruno, Israeli designer and teacher.
Prior to directing the Illinois Institute of Technology, Weil taught design at the Bezalel Academy of Arts and Design in Jerusalem. He has held senior design roles at Bloomberg Philanthropies, McDonald’s and Interactive Media Group, among other companies. He has served as a director of the Dorothea Gould Foundation in Zurich, as well as the John Howard Society in Toronto and other arts organizations in Chicago.
Weil has no experience running a museum. But Isaac Molho, chairman of the board of the Israel Museum, said in a statement that Weil’s work in the field of design had “generated significant cultural, educational and social programs.” Molho added, âHis experience as a leader, manager, fundraiser and designer, as well as his forward-looking vision for the museum, will be of great help to us. “
Weil comes to the Israel Museum because he continues to experience a relatively rapid turnover among its directors. When Bruno arrived at the museum in 2017, he held a post left vacant by his predecessor, Eran Neuman, who abruptly resigned after less than three months. Neuman had succeeded James Snyder, who had run the museum for two decades until then.
After completing a four-year term, Bruno left the Israel Museum in May, although he will remain on the museum’s board temporarily. During his tenure he helped expand the museum’s permanent collection and led the institution during Covid. Some media have speculated that fundraising difficulties may have contributed to his departure.
Weil’s appointment isn’t the only high-level staff change the Israel Museum has seen in recent months. In April, the institution appointed two new commissioners, Tamar Manor-Friedman and Rachel Sarfati, to head its departments of fine and Jewish art, respectively.