A female director for the Louvre!

Share

The Louvre is about to get its first female director for the first time since its opening in 1793. Laurence des Cars, current head of the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie in Paris, was recently appointed by President Macron as the future leader of the world’s greatest museum and will start her new position on September 1st.
Laurence des Cars’ focus for the future of the Louvre is threefold :

  • increase access to young adults and teenagers, a segment of population whose opportunities and well-being have been particularly hit by the Covid crisis
  • strengthen the process of restituting Nazi-looted art. As the Director of the Musée d’Orsay, des Cars initiated and spurred the restitution of the only Klimt painting owned by a French museum (Orsay) to the heirs of the former owner Nora Stiasny
  • present exhibitions that resonate with and address current societal events

Under her leadership, the Musée d’Orsay has seen its number of visitors increase every year, reaching 3.7 million visitors in 2019, year of the acclaimed exhibition Posing Modernity : the Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. Trying to appeal and serve younger and more diverse audiences was already a big focus for des Cars at Orsay : her last and latest capital project for the Parisian institution (titled Orsay Wide Open and made possible by a 20 million euros donation) is a new building comprising – amongst other things – of an 650 square meters educational center dedicated to young people. This new site is set to open in 2024.

 

Leave a Reply


Related Articles

Europeana Digital Spring Programme 2021: A representation of 3D collection storage facilities
This meeting is related to Digital cultural heritage and social change. It aims to face a debate about how 3D collection storage facilities could re-define museum practices, promote better understanding for the general public and educate the future generations. Dr Marzia Loddo is the leader of the project ‘DIPOT: Digital Depot’ within the Marie Sklodowska-Curie LEaDing Fellows Programme and the Delft University of Technology. The one-hour workshop, will present the project and the results achi...
Digitisation of the endangered monastic archive at May Wäyni, Ethiopia
Text by Caterina Sbrana. I have already spoken in my blogs about the importance of the digitisation of historical documents in order to enable them to be used and disseminated worldwide through the Internet. There is another reason why digitisation is important and this is the preservation of endangered documents. The term ‘endangered’ is related to those historical materials, documents, manuscripts, paintings that for various causes are at risk of being destroyed and are located in countrie...
NEMO overview and statement on Museum reopenings
© Arxiu Fotogràfic del Consorci del Patrimoni de Sitges NEMO,  Network of European Museum Organisations, has published a country-specific overview of the status quo of museum operations during the pandemic. The list includes information from 31 European countries concerning reopenings, national guidelines and advocacy measures. Together with the overview, NEMO also released a statement calling for the comprehensive and sustainable reopening of all museums in Europe. NEMO wants policy makers to ...
NEMO Report on emotions and learning in museums
This new report explores how emotions influence the design and understanding of museums and offers suggestions of how museums should make use of the “emotional effect” to create greater impact and memorable experiences. Emotion are considered a pre-condition for learning: in this perspective, the report highlights the importance for Museums to facilitate emotional experiences and to foster empathy to better connect with visitors. The study was conducted by NEMO Working Group LEM – the Learning ...