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Philadelphia Museum of Art names new director

Philadelphia Inquirer
Peter Dobrin

(June 29, 2009) - The Philadelphia Museum of Art today will name as its new leader Timothy Rub, chief executive officer of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Rub, 57, will take the post on Sept. 1, succeeding Anne d'Harnoncourt, who died last June after a quarter-century at the museum's helm.

He leaves Cleveland after only three years - a short tenure, but an eventful one.

During that time, the museum undertook a major expansion, acquired important new works, and was embroiled in the controversial question of provenance in an episode that ended with the return of 14 allegedly stolen or looted ancient works (all acquired decades ago, apparently innocently) to Italy in a deal with the government there.