Artistic News Week – Laurence des Cars becomes the first woman to lead the Louvre
Laurence des Cars had been named by Emmanuel Macron as the new chairman and director of the Louvre in Paris; she is the first woman to occupy this role in the history of the institution. Des Cars replaces Jean-Luc Martinez, who was looking for a third term after eight years at the head of the largest museum in the world. Martinez is believed to have retained the backing of French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot, but her management style and unorthodox merchandising initiatives have come under criticism. Des Cars, an expert in 19th and early 20th century art, arrives at the Louvre from the Musée d’Orsay; she takes the reins on September 1st.
Tony Hall, the former managing director of the BBC, resigned as chairman of national gallery in London. Saturday’s announcement came two days after a BBC investigation found journalist Martin Bashir used “ deceptive methods ” to secure a landmark interview with Princess Diana in 1995. Hall, who conducted a previous investigation in 1996 that cleared Bashir of all charges, said in a statement that his continued presidency of the National Gallery would be a “distraction” for the institution. The president of the National trust, Tim Parker, is also to resign. A group called the Restore Trust had planned to hold a vote of no confidence in Parker’s management at the next AGM, motivated in particular by the recent report released by the NT on the links between its properties and British history. colonialism and the slave trade. .
German-American author and illustrator Eric Carle, creator of the beloved children’s book The hungry caterpillar, died at the age of 91. The classic tale of snacking and metamorphosis, which Carle wrote, illustrated and conceived in 1969, has sold some 50 million copies worldwide, making it one of the most popular children’s books. all time. Carle has worked on over 75 books over a six-decade career.
Joe Biden’s administration asked Justin Shubow, president of the American Commission of Fine Arts, resign from his post, as well as three other board members. The four were each appointed during Trump’s presidency and are said to have played a key role in drafting the executive order issued in Trump’s final year in office to “ make federal buildings great again ” by building them in style. neoclassical. Shubow initially refused to resign, saying the move “ represented an attack on classical architecture ”, although Biden has now appointed four new people to the vacancies.