Patrick de Carolis Opens an Audit of the Musée Marmottan

The staircase at the Musée Marmottan
Photo : Didier Rykner

19/2/13 - Paris, Musée Marmottan - After having barely arrived at the head of the Musée Marmottan, Patrick de Carolis has made several decisions which he announced officially at a session of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. He is first launching a complete audit of the collections, including notably a thorough checking of the holdings. Then, he is also stopping the construction of the elevator which was to be located in the beautiful stairway of the museum and will undertake a study of all possible alternatives, since he is aware of the fact that there is currently no handicapped access (the old elevator is not big enough). Finally, he will not use the pavilion in the garden for official lodging but will return it to the museum, though its future use has not yet been determined.
We were able to contact Patrick de Carolis who, having just arrived and indeed confirming these three points, did not wish to elaborate any further for the moment on his plans.

However, our information allows us to say a bit more on the subject : the museum exhibitions from now on will be coherent with its collections (Empire, Impressionism, illuminations...), the works will no longer be constantly moved around (the Monet pieces particularly, should return to their location in the basement) and, obviously, nothing else will be sold.
In our opinion, these decisions should reach even further : it is not normal that this museum, a public establishment in fact [1], is not a "Musée de France", which would at least result in stricter operating guidelines. Indeed, the same could be said for all of the Institut museums (the Musée Condé in Chantilly, the Jacquemart-André in Paris notably) : why are these extraordinary collections not yet labeled in this way, whereas some private institutions benefit from this protection ? This would officially prohibit deaccessioning.
Lastly, we hope that Patrick de Carolis will show as much concern for the future of the Marmottan library as he appears to have for the museum.

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Didier Rykner, lundi 4 mars 2013


[1] As pointed out by Arnaud d’Hauterives in his letter to Francine Mariani-Ducray.

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