Belgian curator at the Metropolitan Museum in New York
Karen Van Godtsenhoven is to start work at the Metropolitan Museum in New York. She will become the new curator of the fashion department. To do so, she will leave her current role in Antwerp's fashion museum known as Momu, where she has been working ever since 2009.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, also known as "the Met", is among the largest and most prestigious art museums in the world. It receives millions of visitors each year. As such it is the second most popular art museum in the world. Only the Louvre in Paris does even better.
Karen Van Godtsenhoven will work for the “Costume Institute”. This holds a collection of over 35 000 items of clothing and accessories from all around the globe. The department is best known for “The Met Gala”, an annual benefit gala raising funds for the “Costume Institute” and attended each year by tens of famous celebrities.
Karen Van Godtsenhoven will work closely with the chief curator Andrew Bolton. Her key task will be to develop new exhibitions. She has plenty of experience in such matters. While working for the Momu, she has organised over fifteen exhibitions. One of her most recent achievements in Antwerp is the exhibition about the fashion designer Olivier Theyskens, which remains open to visitors until 18 March 2018.