Laurence des Cars becomes Louvre’s first ever female president
Art historian Laurence des Cars has been appointed head of the Louvre, the first woman ever to hold the position in the museum’s 228-year history.
Des Cars was appointed by French president Emmanuel Macron and will take over the post in September this year. She is currently president of the Musée d’Orsay and L’Orangerie in Paris, both of which she has run since 2017. She also oversaw the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi between 2007 and 2014.
“The Louvre can be fully contemporary, it can open up to the world of today while telling us about the past, giving relevance to the present through the brilliance of the past,” Des Cars said. “We need time, we need perspective, we are coming out of a destabilising crisis, we are living in exciting but complicated times… We are all a little bit at a loss for direction. I think the Louvre has a lot to say to young people, too, who will be at the centre of my concerns as president.”
According to the Ministry of Culture, 67% of the country’s national museums are headed by women, a rise of 27% from 2019.
Source: The Guardian