Edouard Kopp will take the reins at the new Menil Drawing Institute next year.

Image: Mary Kocol

Edouard Kopp will leave his post as Curator of Drawings at the Harvard Art Museums to become the Menil Drawing Institute's fourth chief curator.

"I have dedicated my career to drawing, which is arguably the most personal, experimental, and often revelatory artistic practice, underlying virtually all other media," Kopp said in a statement.

Although its dedicated building debuts in November, the MDI was established in 2008. Acquisitions and scholarship have been ongoing ever since, culminating with the upcoming release of a catalogue raisonné that corresponds with the inaugural exhibition, “The Condition of Being Here: Drawings by Jasper Johns.”

As chief curator, Kopp will oversee the museum's drawing acquisitions—said to be the fastest growing portion of the Menil's collection—as well as the research program. The Johnston Marklee–designed MDI building contains public and private exhibition space in addition to dedicated conservation workshops and offices for several rotating fellows focused on scholarly work. Kopp told the Houston Chronicle he hopes to publish at least one publication a year to keep pace with exhibitions, although not all works will compare with the forthcoming Japer Johns text, which spans six volumes and represents millions of dollars of scholarship.

Kopp starts the job in January 2019. 

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