Thursday 19 September 2019

Amsterdam museum director quits after 'conflict of interest' claims

Beatrix Ruf has stepped down (AP)
Beatrix Ruf has stepped down (AP)

The director of Amsterdam's renowned Stedelijk Museum has quit amid media reports that she engaged in work that could have created a conflict of interests.

The modern art museum said in a statement on Tuesday that Beatrix Ruf was stepping down immediately "in the interests of the museum" following recent media "speculation" that could impact the museum's reputation.

Respected Dutch daily NRC Handelsblad has published reports about Ms Ruf's activities outside her full-time job as the Stedelijk's director, including running a lucrative arts consultancy.

In the museum's statement, Ms Ruf does not comment on the NRC reports.

She said: "For me, the interests of the museum come first."


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