The management crisis at the Israel Museum continues. Professor Denis Weil, appointed a year and a half ago to the position of director of the institution in Jerusalem, has decided to resign from his position. The reason for his departure has not yet been confirmed.
"We regretfully received the notice of Professor Weil's departure," according to a statement released by the museum.
"We want to thank him, as a friend of the museum for many years, for the time he served as the director of the museum. We will rely on the heads of the departments, the chief curators, the other directors and all the employees and volunteers of the museum, who are known for their professionalism, responsibility and great dedication to the institution dear to all of us. Together we will make sure the continuity of the museum's impressive exhibition program, the wealth of activities intended for its visitors, and we will also ensure the preservation of its firm status and its pursuit of excellence, which characterizes it as the most important cultural institution in the country."
In recent years, the Israel Museum has suffered from a management crisis, and in July the management published a new tender for the Israel Museum's CEO – the fourth in the last seven years. Weil ,62, born to a Jewish family from Switzerland, which over the years has been a prominent donor to the museum, was offered the opportunity to apply to become CEO in 2016, but decided not to submit his candidacy. In the end, he was appointed about a year and a half ago in place of Professor Ido Bruno, who held the position for about four years.
"We are excited to work together with the museum's talented curators, managers and employees to heighten its operations and image," he said at the time.
In an interview with Ynet in May, he commented on the trend of departures affecting the venerable institution.
"The Israel Museum is a place that produces talents and that is also why you see a lot of people leaving," he said.