Dominique Brême appointed director of the Musée de l’Ile-de-France in Sceaux

local/cache-vignettes/L236xH289/Breme-a0ddd.jpg15/4/09 – Sceaux – Musée National de l’Ile-de-France – Under the wing of the Conseil Général des Hauts-de-Seine, the Musée de l’Ile-de-France is located in the château built during the Second Empire to replace the previous one, destroyed at the beginning of the 19th century. The art historian Dominique Brême, until today “maître de conférence” (lecturer) at the Université Charles-de-Gaulle Lille III, has just been appointed to direct the establishment as well as that of the whole estate which includes the park designed by Le Nôtre along with the other outbuildings such as the Pavillon de l’Aurore and its painted décor by Le Brun (with an excellent restoration a few years ago), l’Orangerie by Jules Hardouin-Mansart and the Ecuries (recently distorted by a poor restoration) which have now been converted into an exhibition space.

Dominique Brême, who will take over on 15 April, is a specialist of 17th and 18th century French painting. He has written several articles and organized various exhibitions, notably on portrait artists active around the 1700’s. Among these, there was a retrospective on François de Troy in 1977 at the Musée Paul-Dupuy in Toulouse and (already) at the Musée de l’Ile-de-France in Sceaux, one on Hyacinthe Rigaud draughtsman at the Musée Bossuet in Meaux and two more recent, very successful, exhibitions, reviewed on The Art Tribune : Nicolas de Largillerre (in French) in 2003 and A l’école de Philippe de Champaigne in 2007. He will soon be publishing a catalogue of Nicolas de Largillerre’s oeuvre.

We are confident that Dominique Brême will pursue the very active exhibition and acquisition policy of the Musée de l’Ile-de-France. The fact that two works which recently joined the collections there (see news item of 25/8/08) The Banquet of Dido and Aeneas and the Portrait of the Countess of Brionne and her Son Louis de Lorraine are by François de Troy is not only a coincidence but also reflects the perfect fit between the museum’s holdings and the new director’s own field of interest.

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Didier Rykner, mercredi 15 avril 2009

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