10/7/12 - Appointment - Rennes, Musée des Beaux-Arts - Anne Dary, currently chief curator at the Musées du Jura has been appointed to take over as head of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes starting 1st October 2012, replacing Francis Ribemont who has announced his retirement.
Previously, Anne Dary had worked notably at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Saint-Etienne between 1977 and 1982, then had directed the FRAC Rhône-Alpes in Lyon from 1983 to 1986 before becoming curator at the Musée Municipal in La Roche-sur-Yonne between 1986 and 1993.
In her present position in the Jura, where she has been since March 1993, Anne Dary was in charge of several museums : the one in Dole but also those in Lons-le-Saunier, Salins-les-Bains, Morez, Arbois and Saint-Claude. Though originally a specialist in contemporary art, she was successful in alternating exhibitions in the Jura devoted to living artists as well as past masters, notably those native to the region such as the sculptors Jean-Joseph Perrault (Lons, 1996), Pierre-Etienne Monnot (Lons, 2001), Victor Huguenin (Dole, 2002), Claude-François Attiret (Dole, 2005) or the painters Jean-Denis Attiret (Dole, 2004) and Joseph-Marcellin Combette (Lonsm 2009). We ourselves had spoken on our French site of two exhibitions she had organized in Dole : Jules Marchard and particularly the very important retrospective on 15th century sculpture in Franche-Comté. At the moment, the museum is presenting a monographic exhibition which we hope to discuss shortly, highlighting the painter Laurent Pécheux.
At Rennes, she will be taking over one of the most important regional museums, with exceptional collections, which recently underwent a rather thorough and succesful, renovation. We hope that Anne Dary will be able to follow through on Francis Ribemont’s project, that is creating an extension which would allow the museum to display more works, notably decorative arts which are currently reduced to a cramped space.