Appointment of Sophie Barthélémy as Head of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux

13/1/14 - Appointment - Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Bordeaux has just reopened its doors and its director, José de Los LLanos, left recently but the city has not lost any time, announcing the name of his successor today, Sophie Barthélémy, currently in charge of 19th and 20th century painting at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Dijon since the year 2000, after starting her professional career, between 1991 and 2000 at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Quimper where she was deputy director.

Conservateur en chef du patrimoine, Sophie Barthélémy recently co-curated the remarkable retrospective on François et Sophie Rude (see article). Among the other exhibitions which she has organized or worked on jointly, there was notably the one on the "Fauves Hongrois" in 2009 and "Semper Polonia. L’art en Pologne des Lumières au romantisme (1764-1849)" in 2005.
We hope she will be able to convince the city of Bordeaux to provide her with the means needed to create new storage facilities, an indispensable initiative, and a new addition to the museum which we recently described to our regret as being too small for its very rich collections. In the press release we received, her priorities are, among others, "increasing international partnerships for the museum [...], a more active role locally for the establishment with other institutions as well as the network of associations and schools.". The press release also states that she will have to present a new scholarly and cultural project including "proposals for the evolution of the establishment, its exhibitions policy and the enhancement of its collections.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 13 janvier 2014

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