Arts
9:16 am
Wed January 16, 2013

New Albright-Knox leader talks about coming to Buffalo

  • Newly named Albright-Knox Art Gallery director Janne Sirén talks to WBFO's Eileen Buckley about coming to Buffalo.

The future of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery will be in the hands of a man with extensive background in international art.  42-year-old Janne Sirén was introduced at a news conference Tuesday.  He serves as the director of Helsinki Art Museum in Finland. 

Janne Sirén (right) mingles during his introduction as the new director of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery
Credit WBFO News photos by Eileen Buckley

Siren says he wants to add more digital components to extend the Gallery's collection globally.  WBFO'S Eileen Buckley talked with Siren before he headed into a gallery reception. 

Siren said coming to Buffalo is a "homecoming" after receiving all his undergraduate and graduate education in the United States.  He received all his undergraduate and graduate education in the America.  Siren has served as a special forces operative in the Finnish Military and taught art history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

WBFO News spoke with Jack Walsh, president of the board of directors for the Darwin Martin House Restoration and former board member at the Albright-Knox. 

Walsh is thrilled with the selection of Siren.

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"To hear his international orientation and his enthusiasm about Buffalo -- this is a very happy day for the gallery," said Walsh. 

Walsh sees Siren's leadership as a chance to build on Buffalo's cultural tourism's future.

"Where Janne can take us another step," said Walsh. "He certainly has great training as an art educator."

Siren served as a special forces operative in the Finnish Military and taught art history at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.   Walsh called the selection of Siren's leadership by the gallery "inspirational."

Siren takes over for former Gallery director Louis Grachos late this spring or early summer.  Siren will come to Buffalo with his wife and three young children.