Paris, 13 February 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA).
Alain Seban’s term as the head of the Pompidou Centre expires in April. The French President, Nicolas Sarkozy, recently announced that Seban will stay in the post for another three years. According to the Palais de l’Elysée, Seban was the only man for the job. This re-appointment rewards the head of French gallery for having landed several significant donations, such as the 1,200 contemporary drawings donated by the Guerlains, as well as coming to an agreement of shared ownership of a collection with the Whitney Museum in New York. Another achievement of his tenure has been the succesful establishment of the Pompidou Centre-Metz, as well as of the Mobile Pompidou Centre and the organisation of the “Danser sa vie” exhibition.
Alain Seban, a 46 year old former student of the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique, arrived at the Pompidou Centre in 2007. A man not renowned for his diplomacy, under his direct managment style attendance at the Pompidou has seen an gone up by 37%, whilst the institution’s takings have increased by 50%. The confirmation that Seban will stay in his post is the last cultural appointment that will be made by Sarkozy during this presidential term, with the next position to be appointed being that of the head of the Villa Medici next summer.