Less than three months after the departure of Philippe Bélaval, appointed cultural adviser to the Elysée, his successor at the head of the Center des monuments nationaux (CMN) has just been appointed. According to information from Figaro, Confirmed by the Ministry of Culture, Marie Lavandier, director of the Louvre-Lens (Pas-de-Calais), will take over the presidency of this vessel of 1,500 agents which tops around a hundred monuments.
“He is a solid, balanced, radiant personality, who has a varied and rich experience in the management of cultural institutions and who has been able to develop trusting and fruitful relationships with elected officials and local actors”, salutes the entourage of Emmanuel Macron, who selected her from among four finalists proposed by the Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak.
Director of the Louvre-Lens since 2016, after a two-year stint with the direction of the museums of Nice, this historian specializing in the XXe century had succeeded in making the northern museum a model of cultural democratization and territorial development. His trademark ? Mediation, again and again. The figures speak for themselves: 70% of the public at the Louvre-Lens is made up of inhabitants of Hauts-de-France, including a third of Lens, and 23% workers and employees, compared to 13% on national average. .
The experience will be useful to him to supervise another eminently political project, the opening, postponed to September, of the Cité internationale de la langue française in the castle of Villers-Cotterêts (Aisne), Emmanuel Macron’s major project in the “Peripheral France”.
Local and national functions
Alternating local and national functions, Marie Lavandier began her career as a curator at the Museum of Art and History in Dreux (Eure-et-Loir), before creating the Museum of President Jacques Chirac in Sarran (Corrèze), which she directed from 2000 to 2006. Subsequently appointed Deputy Director of Heritage and Collections at the Musée du quai Branly in Paris, she joined the Center for Research and Restoration of French Museums in 2010, located on the floors of the Pavillon de Flora, at the Louvre.
The subject fascinates her, to the point of chairing the International Center for Studies for the Conservation and Restoration of Cultural Property for four years. “Behind the question of restoration, she confides, there is the meaning we give it, how we choose to live with the past. » In Nice, where she managed the fifteen museums of the city between 2014 and 2016, Marie Lavandier led the restoration of the Terra Amata Museum of Prehistory, produced the program of summer exhibitions defined by the former Minister of Culture Jean-Jacques Aillagon , and in 2015 curated the exhibition “Raoul Dufy, la Promenade comme motif”.
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