Guillaume Ambroise, in Bordeaux, to replace Olivier Le Bihan, leaving for Troyes

Guillaume Ambroise
Photo : Musée des Beaux-Arts de Pau

8/12/09 – Appointments – Bordeaux, Musée des Beaux-Arts and Troyes, Musées – Last summer, Olivier Le Bihan, 55, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux did not have his contract renewed by the city. He was then appointed on 1st October to direct the Musées de Troyes [1], with the goal of joining the Musée d’Art moderne and the Musée Saint-Loup, that is of Fine Arts, into one establishment [2]. This is a real challenge given the latter’s condition which does not seem to have changed much over the past few decades displaying signs, still recently, that were totally obsolete and which presents practically no 19th century works.

Guillaume Ambroise (ill.) also has his work cut out for him in Bordeaux. Although the Musée des Beaux-Arts has organized some interesting exhibitions, the permanent collections are held in a very reduced space which does not do justice to their wealth.
While in Pau, where he was director of the museums (Musée des Beaux-Arts and Musée Bernadotte) until April 2000, Guillaume Ambroise did a remarkable job both in acquisitions as well as in restorations and publications. Forty-three years old today, he is a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and the Ecole du Patrimoine, and started his career as a curator (from 1992 to 1995) at the Musée d’Art Moderne in Granville and the Musée d’Art et d’Histoire in Avranches, then went on to Arras at the Musée des Beaux-Arts from 1995 to 2000.

Didier Rykner, mardi 8 décembre 2009


[1] The position had remained vacant after the departure of the former curator, Emmanuel Coquery, in December 2007 for the Agence France-Museums.

[2] Source : L’Est-Éclair, 14 September 2009.

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