Movements in French museums: Emma Lavigne will lead the Pinault Collection, Christophe Leribault appointed head of the Musée d’Orsay

Appointments have multiplied in recent days in the art world: the Bourse de Commerce – Pinault Collection and the Musée d’Orsay have changed direction with the arrival of Emma Lavigne and Christophe Leribault.

A notable departure, that of Emma Lavigne from the Palais de Tokyo, to become general manager of Pinault Collection. This curator, an art historian by training, will take office on November 1, following former minister Jean-Jacques Aillagon, the group of the French billionaire announced on Monday in a press release.

She will run the Bourse de Commerce, a contemporary art center which opened its doors in May in the center of Paris, with the objective of developing the collection which combines works by Italian provocateur Maurizio Cattelan with those of lesser-known artists such as African-American David Hammons.

She “will also ensure, with Bruno Racine, that the program of Palazzo Grassi – Punta della Dogana (in Venice) contributes to the influence of the collection”. Bruno Racine is at the head of the Palazzo Grassi and the Punta della Dogana. “I am sure that the work that she has accomplished, to date, in major institutions such as the Center Pompidou, the Center Pompidou-Metz and the Palais de Tokyo, will enable her to lead this mission with efficiency and generosity”, affirms François Pinault in the press release. Former Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon, 74, “will retain, with François Pinault, an advisory mission”, specifies the press release.

Emma Lavigne, 53, has curated more than fifty exhibitions, both in France and abroad. She was curator at the Cité de la Musique, then at the Musée national d’art moderne / Center Pompidou, director of the Center Pompidou-Metz before becoming president in September 2019 of the Palais de Tokyo, a center dedicated to contemporary art, in the 16th arrondissement of the capital.
She is notably a specialist in the links between visual arts, music, dance and performance.

Christophe Leribault, currently director of the Petit Palais, has been appointed to the presidency of the Musée d’Orsay and the Orangerie in Paris, where he will succeed Laurence des Cars who took the helm of the Louvre at the beginning of September, announced on September 14. the Ministry of Culture. Appointed by President Emmanuel Macron on the proposal of the Minister of Culture Roselyne Bachelot, this heritage curator will take up his new functions on October 5, the ministry said in a press release.

Christophe Leribault, doctor in art history, was director of the Petit Palais since 2012, after having been director of the Delacroix museum and deputy director of the graphic arts department of the Louvre museum.“Under his leadership, the Petit Palais has grown considerably, thanks to the organization of remarkable exhibitions and a very active artistic education policy”, according to the ministry.

At the head of the public establishment Musée d’Orsay, Christophe Leribault “will continue the policy of openness initiated in recent years, in order to make these institutions places in touch with the concerns and questions of our time”. He will propose a “new approach to the museum’s routes and collections”, in order to allow the public “to apprehend both the unity and the diversity of this period of the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, during which our modernity was invented”.

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