The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has appointed Martino Stierli as The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design. Stierli currently teaches the history of modern architecture as a professor at the University of Zurich’s Institute of Art History. He succeeds Barry Bergdoll, who stepped down in 2013 to become the Meyer Schapiro Professor of Art History at Columbia University. He remains a part-time curator at MoMA. Stierli will start in March 2015.
“The breadth and depth of Martino’s scholarship, knowledge, and interests in architecture, design, and modern art are impressive,” MoMA director Glenn Lowry said in a statement. “He brings an international perspective and possesses an extraordinary ability to brilliantly relate architecture and its image to its cultural context.”
Stierli’s research at University of Zurich focuses on architecture and media, exploring everything from the genealogy of postmodernism to the role of travel in architectural education. His first monograph, Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film, was published in 2010. The Getty Research Institute, where Stierli was a fellow, published the English edition in 2013. His essays on contemporary architectural practice cover the likes of Mies van der Rohe, Herzog & de Meuron, and Johnston Marklee. Stierli’s project The Architecture of Hedonism: Three Villas in the Island of Capri is currently featured at the 14th Architecture Biennale in Venice.
Stierli’s work and research have earned him numerous accolades, including the ETH Medal of Distinction for Outstanding Research (2008), the Theodor Fischer Prize by the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich (2008), and the 2011 Swiss Art Award for Architectural Criticism.