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The Malaysian curator and art advisor Adeline Ooi has been appointed Art Basel's director Asia. Ooi, who has been Art Basel's VIP relations manager for Southeast Asia for the past two years, takes up the post next month, and will help deliver the third edition of Art Basel in Hong Kong next spring (15-17 March).

Ooi co-founded the Kuala Lumpur-based consultancy RogueArt in 2009, which focuses on cultural projects, exhibitions and publications, and advises corporate collections about sourcing works.

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For the first time in the Louvre’s 220-year history, the search for a new chief for the museum may include non-French candidates. Public spending in France is being reduced by $13.4 billion this year and a candidate with expertise in international fundraising is crucial to the Louvre, which has led officials to broaden their search criteria. While French President Francois Hollande vowed not to cut cultural projects, the culture ministry’s budget was reduced by 2.3 percent for 2013.

The Louvre’s new director will be responsible for finding funds to expand the institution’s reception area; the area was built in the 1980s when the museum hosted 4 to 5 million visitors a year. The Louvre, the most visited museum in the world, now welcomes around 10 million visitors a year.

Talks regarding a new director for the Louvre began when the museum’s current chief, Henri Loyrette, announced his resignation on December 17, 2012. Hollande plans to have a new director in place when Loyrette’s twelve-year run at the helm of the institution ends in April.

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