Amaury Lefébure appointed Director of Malmaison

10/9/08 — Appointment — Rueil-Malmaison, Musée national de Malmaison et Bois-Préau — It always helps to look on the bright side of things. Thus, the appointment of an administrator from the ENA (French National Administration School) which had been seriously considered by the Ministry of Culture, as Director of the Châteaux de Malmaison and Bois-Préaux is not to be [1].
In a logical turn of events, Bernard Chevallier, who is retiring, has been replaced by his deputy director, Amaury Lefébure, heritage curator. As readers of La Tribune de l’Art may recall, he had been dismissed from the château de Fontainebleau in 2006 to make place for a non-art historian who was instead close to the minister at the time, Renaud Donnedieu de Vabres (see article in French).

We cannot but rejoice that the last three appointments of directors of a major French national museum (Orsay, Guimet and Malmaison) have fallen on curators. We hope that this trend, contrary to previous practices, will continue. There is no doubt that the media campaign as well as the active protests coming from the delegation of curators themselves will bear its fruits.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 10 septembre 2008

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