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Douglas Druick, the director and president of the Art Institute of Chicago, has announced that he will step down from the position when a suitable replacement is found.

Druick announced his decision during a meeting with the museum's board on Tuesday evening.

Druick, who first joined the Art Institute as a curator in 1984, was serving as acting president when he was appointed to succeed James Cuno as director of the institution in 2011.

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Douglas Druick, President and Eloise W. Martin Director of the Art Institute of Chicago, announced today that Chicago attorney Irving Stenn Jr. has given the museum more than 100 drawings from his exceptional collection of seminal works produced in the 1960s. The drawings, by a who's-who of contemporary artists, represent a foundational period in the history of drawing when the way works on paper were made, used, and appreciated was undergoing radical change.

The gift includes works by Mel Bochner, Sol LeWitt, Brice Marden, and Fred Sandback, as well as pieces by Agnes Denes, Jasper Johns, Donald Judd, Nam June Paik, and Ellsworth Kelly.

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The Art Institute of Chicago has closed the third floor of its Modern Wing for seven months so that the museum can refinish floors, pedestals and walls and adjust lighting. The third floor houses the museum’s collection of European modern art, which will be sent to the Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX until work on the four-year-old gallery reaches completion in mid-April 2014.  

While some have found the renovation of the next-to-new gallery odd, Douglas Druick, the Art Institute’s president, said that the work has been long-planned. The Art Institute has been getting record traffic, which can put added strain on an exhibition space.

Approximately 100 masterpieces from the Art Institute’s collection will be on view at the Kimbell in the exhibition The Age of Picasso and Matisse: Modern Masters from the Art Institute of Chicago. The show includes Pablo Picasso’s Old Guitarist (1903) and Joan Miro’s Policeman (1925). The Age of Picasso and Matisse will be on view at the Kimbell Art Museum from October 6, 2013 through February 16, 2014.  

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