Courtauld appoints first MD to lead transformation

The Courtauld Institute has appointed Dr Tzo Zen Ang as it first ever managing director, guiding the fine arts institute’s biggest transformation since it moved to Somerset House in London in 1989.

She comes from the Royal Academy where she was chief operating officer during the RA’s major capital development which was completed last year, its 250th anniversary.

The Courtauld Gallery, which shares the building with the institute's students, is currently closed for the £50m development, Courtauld Connects, which will transform the gallery and conservation department into a new learning centre, improve accessibility, add a new temporary exhibition space and restore its historic Great Room. The gallery is expected to reopen in spring 2021. 

“The addition of such a highly respected and talented professional to the senior management team reflects the scale and ambition of Courtauld Connects, the biggest programme of development in our history” said the Courtauld’s director, Professor Deborah Swallow. 

The role, she said, would help The Courtauld continue to build on founder Samuel Courtauld's belief in the importance of "art for all", and ensure that The Courtauld delivers strategic objectives such as growing gallery audiences, continuing to attract an inclusive student body, broadening the impact of academic research, building on existing partnerships and establishing new strategic relationships, and establishing a sustainable long-term business model.

Dr Ang will focus on the operational management of The Courtauld, particularly the key functions of development, marketing and communication. “The Institute is building on its already stellar reputation with hugely inspiring transformation plans that will help it even better deliver its founding vision of ‘art for all’” she said. She will start on February 27.

The Courtauld, an independent art history college of the University of London, is also home to a celebrated collection of major works of art from the Renaissance to the 20th century with an unrivalled holding of Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings with masterpieces by artists ranging from Manet, Monet and Renoir to Cézanne, Van Gogh and Modigliani. It was founded in 1932 by the textile magnate Samuel Courtauld.

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