Paris, 28 September 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA).
The former curator and director of the Musée Rodin, Jacques Vilain, died on 23 September.
Jacques Vilain was a curator of the General Inspectorate of Museums for several years before being nominated as curator of the Musée Rodin in 1987. He achieved the rank of chief curator of the museum before being named as its director until 2005.
During his years at the Musée Rodin, he was extremely active, not only in the internal organization of the museum, but also in its international influence. Vilain oversaw the overhaul of the museum’s status and its personnel in 1993-1994, as well as the restoration of the south part of the Parc de l’hôtel Biron, the development of the reserves at the Villa des Brillants at Meudon and, more recently, the extension of the premises of the museum thanks to the complete reorganization of the former chapel.
Finally, the museum’s ambitious international exhibition policy, as well as the creation of three museums dedicated to Rodin’s work in Korea (Seoul), Japan (Shizouka) and Brazil (Bahia), have also marked Vilain’s management.