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Marie Lavandier takes the reins of the Louvre-Lens

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...

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Clément Chéroux sets off for San Francisco

Clément Chéroux, the current curator of the photography department at the Musée National d’art Moderne in Paris has been appointed senior curator for photography at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art’s Department of Photography (SF MoMA). Taking up his new role on 1 July, he is in charge of the museum’s upcoming photography exhibitions and be supervising the institution’s acquisition programme and its publications. Clément Chéroux is a photography historian. A graduate of the ENSP in Arles, he was previously publishing director of the journal Etudes Photographiques, and is the author of Diplopie: l’image photographie à l’ère des médias globalisés: essai sur le 11 septembre 2001 and Avant l’avant-garde, du jeu en photographie. The SF MoMA has simultaneously announced that it has received a significant donation: 78 works by 25 artists from the photography collection of Lisa and John Pritzker. The collection notably comprised some forty photographs by André Kertész, works by Vito Acconci, Lee Friedlander, Paul Graham, Garry Winogrand and Philip Lorca di...

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Birgit Jooss takes over documenta Archiv

Birgit Jooss has just been appointed director of Documenta Archiv for 20th and 21st century art in Kassel. Gathering the archives of documenta’s five-yearly exhibitions since the event was set up in 1955, documenta Archiv was founded by Arnold Bode in 1961. More than 100,000 volumes, 5,000 films, videos and sound recordings and some 60,000 photos make up a total of 1.4 million archives retracing documenta’s thirteen editions, with a database aimed at serving documenta Institut in collaboration with the University of Kassel. The Institut will enable the city of Kassel to become a key place for art research, including research on periods outside of documenta exhibition periods. Birgit Jooss was director of the Deutsches Kunstarchiv at the Germanisches Nationalmuseum in Nuremberg from 2007 to 2015. At documenta Archiv, she is replacing Gerd Mörsch who held the position from 2013 to 2015. The next documenta, documenta 14, will be taking place next year in Kassel and Athens, curated by Adam...

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Departures from the Met

Three executives from the New York museum are leaving the institution. These departures come at a time when the museum is undergoing economic restructuring, due to a $10 million deficit. Sree Sreenivasan, chief digital officer, Cynthia Round, senior vice-president of marketing and external relations, and Susan Sellers, head of design, will be leaving the museum. Arriving three years ago, Sree Sreenivasan headed up the new web site as well as the development of a smartphone application. He will nonetheless remain a temporary consultant for the digital team while supervising the digitisation of collections for the general public. The museum’s president, Daniel H. Weiss, explains that the departures are due to budgetary constraints, while also specifying that restructuration may tone down in the future. These departures are part of the voluntary redundancy plan launched by the museum a few months ago. Given this situation, the Met is being forced to freeze certain projects and to stop hiring. Daniel H. Weiss even envisages reducing the number of...

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Lucile Corty, artistic director of fotofever

For the 5th edition of fotofever, scheduled from 11 to 13 November at the Carrousel du Louvre, artistic direction has been handed over to Lucile Corty. A graduate in art history and archaeology from the Université Paris IV with a Master’s in exhibition professions from the Université Rennes II, she contributed to the retrospective on Cindy Sherman at the CAPC in Bordeaux in 1999. After working for the galleries Air de Paris and Isabella Bortolozzi in Berlin, she set up her own gallery in the Marais district in 2007 before creating, in 2014, Corty Contemporary, a consultancy firm offering services to businesses and individuals seeking advice on acquiring contemporary artworks. Fotofever is a photography fair that was set up in 2011 by Cécile Schall, drawing together around 250 galleries since its beginnings, 75 of which are international galleries. According to Cécile Shall, “Lucile has a gaze and an openness of mind that are necessary for situating photography in a wider artistic vision (…) Her expertise in contemporary art and its market, as well as her talent for discovering and supporting both galleries and artists, are important assets for the international development of...

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