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Fleur Pellerin named as France’s new Culture Minister

On Wednesday 26 August 2014, Fleur Pellerin was named as France’s new Culture Minister under Manuel Valls’s new government. Pellerin is a former member of the Finance Ministry; in 2012 she was appointed Minister Delegate with responsibility for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation, and the Digital Economy attached to the Minister for Economic Regeneration, before becoming Minister of Foreign Trade and Tourism. Pellerin was born in Seoul in 1973 but was raised in France. She previously was a high-ranking civil servant at the French Court of Auditors and began her political career in 2002, working on Lionel Jospin’s campaign. She was digital advisor to François Holland in 2012 following his election. She has also campaigned against the rise of taxes on the sale of businesses of Internet entrepreneurs and sought to promote the French digital sector abroad with “French Tech.”...

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Aurélie Filippetti is no longer France’s Culture Minister

The French Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, will not form part of the next government, the members of which are to be announced 26 August. Following the cabinet reshuffle of the French government due to fundamental disagreements between the elected members and ministers of the Socialist Party, Aurélie Filippetti wrote to the President and to Manuel Valls to explain that she would not “apply for a new ministerial position” and would prefer to “stay loyal to her ideals” over “the duty of solidarity.” Having taken up the post in 2012 with the election of François Hollande, the minister’s tenure has been somewhat polemical due to a number of controversial decisions, including the rash dismissal of Anne Baldassari from the Musée Picasso last May. Filippetti had also refused to assist with the inauguration of the Institut Culturel Google in Paris, additionally forbidding National Museums to include their collections in the Google Art...

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Nicolas Bourriaud, director of ENSBA, the subject of debate

After three years as the director of Paris’s École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA), Nicolas Bourriaud has struggled to gain the unanimous support of the establishment’s academic community. In May 2014, 14 teachers — out of a total of 19 — and a group of students from the administrative board wrote a letter to Aurélie Filippetti, France’s Minister for Culture and Communication. The aim of the document was to oppose the proposed dismissal of three senior members of staff at ENSBA; a decision announced by Nicolas Bourriaud at the board meeting on 20 May. The three members concerned are Frédéric Jousset, president of the administrative board; Gaïta Leboissetier, director of studies; and Thierry Jopeck, director general. This latest imbroglio comes as an additional hindrance during an already-tense period for the school, as tensions rise between students and professors concerning decisions made by Bourriaud. Most recently, protests were made at the — apparently unilateral — decision for ENSBA to take part in Paris’s CHOICES weekend; a decision viewed by the students as a marketing opportunity and one which was “hidden” from students by the school’s administration. This disagreement prompted several peaceful student demonstrations, as well as banners at the school’s entrance. Previously, in October 2013, students protested against a private event for Ralph Lauren held in ENSBA, which prevented access to fourteen studios over the course of several days, just prior to exams. In spite of these events, Nicolas Bourriaud has gained the support of numerous figures on the art market. A petition in his favour has been signed by more than 400 people, including Daniel Buren, Ami Barak and Hou Hanru. With such divided opinions, it will be up to France’s Minister for Culture and Communication to take the final decision on the...

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Céleste Boursier-Mougenot to represent France at the Venice Biennale

The artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot has been selected to represent France at the 56th Venice Biennale, scheduled to take place from 9 May to 22 November 2015. This decision was unveiled by the Institut Français, which launched a call to applicants on 15 January 2014, asking them to make a proposition in “artist-curator” pairs. Thirty-five projects were received and judged by a selection committee comprised of notable figures, including: Xavier Darcos, Executive President of the Institute Français, Anne Grillo, and Jean de Loisy, President of Palais de Tokyo. The committee selected two finalists: the duo Tatiana Trouvé and Elie During featured as a favourite for their project entitled “Implexe”, alongside the pair  Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and Emma Lavigne (curator at Centre Pompidou) who presented the project “Revolution”. The final decision was taken by Aurélie Filippetti, Culture Minister, and Laurent Fabius. Céleste Boursier-Mougenot was born in Nice in 1961. He now lives and works in Sète. He began his career in 1990 as a composer, following studies in music, later branching out into art in a bid to combine his compositions with installations. Today, his work still retains a musical and poetic dimension. He was nominated for the Prix Marcel Duchamp in 2010, alongside Cyprien Gaillard, Camille Henrot and Anne-Marie...

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France’s École des Beaux-Arts criticised by the Cour des Comptes

Paris, 5 February 2014, Art Media Agency (AMA). On 3 February 2014, the Cour des Comptes (Chamber of regional and territorial accounts) made public a summary judgement which had first been addressed in November 2013 to Aurélie Filippetti, the French Minister for Culture and Communication and Geneviève Fioraso, Minister for Higher Education and Research. This judgement, also issued to the management of the École des Beaux-Arts (ENSBA) between 2001 and 2011, has criticised the running of the establishment over this ten-year period. The report specified five points of dissatisfaction concerning the running of the establishment: the scarcity of proposals and resources shared between the big Parisian establishments; the institution’s fragile reputation and its weak international status; the poor development and conservation of the property by ENSBA; a harmful lack of publicity of exhibitions and material – the Beaux-Arts only receives 30 to 35,000 visitors a year – and, finally, the inadequate administrative management. This report seems to be directly aimed at the mandate of Henry-Claude Cousseau, director of the Beaux Arts from 2001-2011. Since Cousseau’s departure the institution has been under the management of Nicolas Bourriaud, theoretician of the relational aesthetic and the former director of the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). Aurélie Filippetti and Geneviève Fiorasco have been given two months to respond to this summary...

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