Marie Lavandier is to replace Xavier Dectot at the head of the Louvre-Lens.
An art historian specialising in the 20th century and a general heritage curator, she is currently director of the Museums of the City of Nice, comprising ten institutions including the Musée Matisse, the city’s Modern and Contemporary Art Museum, the Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret, the Musée d’Art Naïf and the Natural History Museum: a body that relies on 180 agents and welcomes 460,000 visitors per year, with an annual budget of €2.7 million. She has also chaired, since 2013, the council of the ICCROM, an international governmental organisation for the conservation of heritage. She is also a member of the acquisition committee of the Guimet National Asian Arts Museum. Marie Lavandier has also been deputy director for heritage and collections at the Musée du Quai Branly, having taken part in the initial inventory of its collections (300,000 objects) originating from the Musée de l’Homme and the former Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Océanie at Porte Dorée. Between 2010 and 2014, she headed up the Research and Restoration Centre of the Museums of France.
At the Louvre-Lens, she will be replacing medieval art specialist Xavier Dectot following a five-year mandate that he has decided not to renew, for he instead will be moving onto the National Museum of Scotland to take charge of the Art and Design department.