Finnish musuem director Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén stands with Albright-Knox Art Gallery board president Leslie Zemsky in front of Jackson Pollock's "Convergence" in the Albright-Knox Monday morning. Sirén will become the 11th director of the musuem in the spring. Photo by Derek Gee / The Buffalo News.
Today, the Albright-Knox Art Gallery announced the appointment of Janne Gallen-Kallela-Sirén, director of the Helsinki Art Museum, as its new director. He will replace former director Louis Grachos, who left at the end of 2012 for a new post in Austin, Tex.
Check out my story for more on Sirén's appointment. And below, please listen to an excerpt of my interview with the American-educated director that gives lots of background about his past experience in Helsinki, his thoughts about the City of Buffalo, and hints about the direction in which he'll take Buffalo's flagship cultural institution: