Bruno Girveau Appointed Director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille

1/2/13 - Appointment - Lille, Musée des Beaux-Arts - The Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille has been without a director for several months since the departure of Alain Tapié. His successor was appointed a few days ago as we mentioned in our last editorial, though without revealing his name which we knew already at the time, since it had not yet been made official. The information having finally been released yesterday, we can now confirm that the position will be occupied by Bruno Girveau, 52, "conservateur général du patrimoine" [general conservator of heritage] with a slightly atypical background, a point which, according to him, convinced the city that he was the right choice for the job.

Bruno Girveau first worked in the field of historical monuments as an inventory official in charge of documentary studies, before taking the curator exam in 1994 and entering the Ecole du Patrimone while also pursuing a DEA on the architect Paul Sédille (1836-1900), who designed the Printemps store and an ardent defender of polychrome work, a subject on which Bruno Girveau has done extensive research.
After having successfully completed the competitive exam for Historical Monuments and Museums, he selected the latter and joined the Musée d’Orsay in 1996 at the Département des dessins d’architecture. During his time there, he curated or co-curated several exhibitions, notably Gothic Revival. architecture et arts décoratifs de l’Angleterre victorienne in 1999 and 2000 at the Grand Palais. His last exhibition reflects his evolution in the subjects treated : A table au XIXe siècle studied both art history and sociology.
Following his accession to the RMN in 2002 where he became Chargé de mission auprès de l’administrateur général [head of mission under the general administrator], he worked for two years alongside Guy Cogeval on the programming for the Galeries Nationales du Grand Palais, in the difficult context during which the accounts for this establishment were balanced. He was notably curator of the exhibition, along with Mr. Cogeval, of Il était une fois Walt Disney (see article in French).
Finally, in 2006, he took over as head of the department of collections at the Ecole nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, while still organizing exhibitions, notably the 2010 retrospective on Charles Garnier (Un architecte pour un empire).

Bruno Girveau told us he had no preconceived ideas for projects at the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Lille and would begin by listening to his curators, saying he felt that he had been recruited for his singularity and his somewhat atypical career but that he would proceed in such a way as to adapt himself to the museum.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 4 février 2013

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