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Fleur Pellerin dismisses Director of the National School of Fine Arts, Paris

On 2 July 2015, French Minister of Culture and Communication Fleur Pellerin dismissed the Director of the National School of Fine Arts in Paris Nicolas Bourriaud. Fleur Pellerin fired Bourriaud after a 45-minute-long meeting, where she justified the dismissal by saying that she had a “change of direction” in mind. After their meeting, Bourriaud posted a message on his Facebook page, stating that “not a single factual argument” was mentioned by the Minister during their exchange. According to certain sources — including the journalist Roxana Azimi —, and despite the launch of a call for applications by the school, Bourriaud is to be replaced by Éric de Chassey, current Director of Villa Médicis. These same sources claim that the potential nomination could be linked to the fact that Chassey is approaching the end of his contract at the Villa Médicis, and his close relationship with Julie Gayet, French President François Hollande’s alleged companion. Indeed, actress Anne Consigny, wife of Éric de Chassey, is one of Julie Gayet’s close friends. Some people in the art world, like Stéphane Corréard, have refuted the information, claiming it is defamatory and inexact. Born in 1965, Nicolas Bourriaud is an art historian, critic and curator. From 2000 to 2006, he co-founded and co-directed the Palais de Tokyo in Paris with Jérôme Sans before being appointed as the Gulbenkian curator for contemporary art at the Tate Britain from 2008 to 2010. He ran the National School of Fine Arts in Paris...

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Rue des Carmes saved by Aurélie Filippetti

Orléans, 23 July 2012, Art Media Agency (AMA). The Rue des Carmes in Orléans contains eighteen buildings built between the Middle Ages and the 18th century. According to the Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, these buildings deserve to be classified as historical monuments. Indeed, this request occurred following a demolition and renovation programme issued in June 2010 on demand of Serge Grouard, UMP mayor of Orléans. Part of the Rue des Carmes belongs to a zone of concerted development declared of public interest by a prefectural order. Consequently, demolition permits had been granted for the building’s destruction in April 2012. Aurélie Filippetti’s decision enabled the classification pending to adjourn all demolitions for a year, time necessary for the study and final closing of the eighteen...

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265 foreign personalities to receive the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres

Paris, 27 May 2011, Art Media Agency (AMA). French Minister of Culture and Communication Frédéric Mitterrand has announced that “265 foreign personalities will receive the 2011 Ordre des Arts et des Lettres.” More than sixty-four different international personalities have been nominated, including twenty-two commandeurs, forty-eight officiers and one hundred and ninety-five chevaliers. Among the 2011 laureates are: • Anish Kapoor, Visual artist (UK), as Commandeur ; • Anselm Kiefer, Painter (Germnay), as Commandeur; • Mohammed Qotbi, Painter (Morocco), as Commandeur; • Anne-Sofie von Otter, Lyric artist (Sweden), as Commandeur; • Peter Knapp, Photographer, graphic artist, painter, publisher (Switzerland), as Officier; • Grzegorz Rosinski, Cartoonist (Poland), as Officier; • Louise Cox, Architect (Australia), as Chevalier; • Slimane Raïs, Visual artist (Algeria), as Chevalier. The Ordre des Art et des Lettres is a French Order established on 2 May 1957 by the Minister of Culture. The Ordre rewards “artists who have significantly contributed to the development of art and literature in France and in the rest of the...

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