Mats Widbom will have to shoulder two posts at the same time: both as director of the Swedish Institute and as cultural councillor at the Swedish Embassy, starting from April 2012. He doesn’t lack either cultural or international competence to lead Sweden’s only international Institute forward.
The tall, sporty looking Mats, smiles a warm smile when we meet for the first time in the Institute’s sunny courtyard this Parisian spring day. He has broad experience of being a director since the time when he was the art-director for national exhibitions, Museum director in Gothenburg and as cultural coucillor at the Embassy in W.D.C. as well as director of House of Sweden there. In Washington, Mats organized our five Nordic countries around a large cultural project that will take place in February 2013 in Kennedy Center. “It will show the very best from our Northern countries,” he says. “I’ll of course travel back to attend it.”