The Easel

Under a new anti-fascist Culture Minister, Eike Schmidt’s contract at the Uffizi has been renewed for another four years

Only in Italy! Schmidt joined the Uffizi museum in 2015 as part of sweeping reforms to Italy’s museum system. By one count it was the eighth attempt at museum reform in a decade. Schmidt has proved a “relentless modernizer” and produced strong results. Recent political machinations looked certain to ensure his premature departure and the reversal of other reforms. Suddenly, to the relief of many, his reappointment has been confirmed.