Musée Picasso Welcomes a New President

June 4, 2014 | By French Culture

The Musée Picasso has a new president. Laurent Le Bon, currently director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz has been chosen to succeed Anne Baldassari as president of the museum. Le Bon has been at the Centre Pompidou-Metz since its opening in 2010, and oversaw its quick development into one of the most important museums in France. Le Bon may bring a different approach than Baldassari, a Picasso scholar, to the Musée Picasso. A scholar of the history of garden art, in recent years Le Bon has focused on contemporary art and, of course, has extensive experience in founding and running a 21st century museum. Aurélie Filipetti, France's minister of culture, told The New York Times that Le Bon has "all the qualities required to make the opening of the Musée Picasso the party awaited by all the French and, well beyond that, by all lovers of this artist of genius."

The Musée Picasso, which plans to reopen in September after almost five years of renovations, has the largest collection of Picasso's work in the world. After the current renovations are completed it will have 41,000 square feet to display the artist's work, more than doubling its previous size.

A graduate of the Ecole du Louvre, Sciences-Po and the National Heritage School, Laurent Le Bon initially specialized in the history of gardening. He joined the Centre Pompidou in 2000 and curated several exhibitions there, including the Dada exhibition in 2005.
He also organized several exhibitions, at Versailles, inviting artists like Jeff Koons in 2008, Xavier Veilhan in 2009 and Takashi Murakami in 2010. At the Centre Pompidou-Metz, he developed multidisciplinary thematic exhibitions such as "Masterpieces?"and "1917". The institution has had more than 2 million visitors since opening.
A teacher at the Ecole du Louvre, Laurent Le Bon is also the author of around fifty books, and was artistic director of the 2012 edition of Nuit Blanche in Paris.
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