Paris, 1 June 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
In a press release issued today, the French Ministry of Culture announced that Jean de Loisy has been appointed president of the Palais de Tokyo.
Frédéric Mitterand asked Nicolas Sarkozy, the French President, to name Jean de Loisy as president of the Palais for a period of five years.
Jean de Loisy was born in 1957 and has held prestigious posts linked to cultural and contemporary art domains. He was formerly at the head of the Fonds Régional d’Art Contemporain des Pays de la Loire, worked as a representative at the Ministry of Culture and Communication for contemporary creation at historic monuments and was also curator at the Pompidou Centre. He has also cooperated with foreign institutions like the Royal Academy of Arts in London, the Gwangju Biennial in Korea and the Haus der Kunst in Munich.
Loisy is currently focusing on several projects. He is curator at Monumenta along with Anish Kapoor, the Venice Biennale’s Israeli Pavilion along with Sigalit Landau, as well as at the exhibition dedicated to graduates from the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Beaux Arts de Paris.
As president of the Palais de Tokyo, Jean de Loisy will have to concentrate on the extension of the building. At the beginning of 2012, he is expected to elaborate the cultural and artistic project of the whole institution. In the weeks to come, the Palais is due to increase in autonomy and efficiency.
Jean de Loisy will be supported by a delegated managing director, whom he will have to appoint by the end of the summer. The managing director will have to handle the administrative and management tasks.