Aquin organized more than 40 exhibitions by artists from Canada and around the world since joining the Montreal museum in 1998. He added more than 1,000 works to the museum’s collection, including pieces by David Altmejd, Eduardo Basualdo, Mark Lewis, Pipilotti Rist and Kiki Smith. He also led the museum’s effort to develop its sculpture garden.
“Stephane has the vision and experience to lead the Hirshhorn’s curatorial department at a time when we are expanding our profile nationally and internationally,” Chiu said in a statement. “He has worked closely with a diverse roster of artists and conceived and executed important monographic and thematic exhibitions. And he has been instrumental in building a significant contemporary collection.”
Aquin will join the Hirshhorn staff early next year.