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Laurence des Cars will be the first woman to lead the Louvre

After several weeks of hesitation, Emmanuel Macron finally decided: it is Laurence des Cars, 54, the current president of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, in Paris, who will run the Louvre Museum these days. next five years. The announcement was served on him on Monday, May 24, by Roselyne Bachelot, the Minister of Culture, and was confirmed by the Elysee Palace on Wednesday, May 26. Candidate for a third term, the current president and director of the establishment, Jean-Luc Martinez, 57, will nevertheless carry out an interim until the 1is September, the time to find a person to replace Mr.me des Cars in Orsay, and for him to complete the preparation of the exhibition “Paris-Athens, birth of modern Greece, 1675-1919”, of which he is general curator and which is due to open in September.

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Renowned curator, Mme des Cars will be the first woman to run the Louvre, considered the largest museum in the world, with a record attendance of 10.2 million visitors in 2018. An important criterion for the Head of State, who has insisted since the beginning of her mandate on the need to promote more women to positions of responsibility, particularly in the cultural sector. But it is also his career that seduced, we assure at the Elysee. “Laurence des Cars is a recognized curator, a great professional in the art, who has an international stature”, explains Emmanuel Macron’s entourage. “She proposed an open, generous, multidisciplinary, ambitious project, resolutely turned towards the youth of which she makes a priority. This choice testifies to the opening of a new chapter for the Louvre ”. “Since 2017, [Mme des Cars] has deeply renewed and energized the Musée d’Orsay around a program of exhibitions, live shows and a new approach to works, open to all audiences and to today’s artists ”, also underlined Mme Bachelot, in a press release published Wednesday.

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After studying art history leading to a diploma from the National Heritage Institute, Mr.me des Cars asserts itself as a specialist of the XIXe century and early twentiethe, and obtained a first curatorial position at the Musée d’Orsay (1994-2007), before joining the France-Muséums agency, which was the forerunner of Louvre Abu Dhabi, as scientific director. In 2014, the daughter of journalist and novelist Jean des Cars, granddaughter of writer Guy des Cars, ran the Musée de l’Orangerie, then, in 2017, was appointed president of the Musée d’Orsay.

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