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May 26, 2022

Museum of Russian Icons appoints new executive director

Photo | Courtesy of the Museum of Russian Icons Simon Morsink, executive director of the Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton

The Museum of Russian Icons in Clinton has appointed Dutch art historian Simon Morsink as its new executive director, according to a Thursday press release from the museum.

Morsink succeeds Founding Director Kent dur Russell, who announced his retirement in April. 

Morsink hails from the Morsink Icon Gallery in Amsterdam, which he ran for more than 30 years with his brother Hugo Morsink. The Amsterdam gallery specialized in icons created between the 15th and 19th centuries.

In addition to running the gallery, Morsink served for 13 years as a senior consultant in Russian and Greek icons for New York-based art broker Sotheby’s.

“I am delighted that Simon will join our administrative team as the new executive director,” Jack McCabe, president of the museum’s Board of Trustees, said in a statement. “He is uniquely qualified to guide the museum into its next phase … Simon’s appointment comes in the middle of a busy year of returning, rebuilding, and reimagining at the Museum of Russian Icons after the [COVID] pandemic.”

The Museum of Russian Icons was founded in 2006 by businessman Gordon Lankton, who passed away in March 2021. 

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