More than 200 years after opening, the Louvre is finally going to be run by a woman. Laurence des Cars, 54, the current president of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie, was appointed on Wednesday as the new president-director of the world’s largest art museum by French President Emmanuel Macron

Cars who has led the Musée d’Orsay for four years is no stranger to the world of Louvre. Born in the suburbs of Paris, she studied and later taught at the École du Louvre—the school on the museum’s campus and served as scientific director of the France-Muséums agency where she worked on the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi.

Her legacy at the Orsay includes engaging in major restitution cases, including the return of Gustav Klimt’s Rosebushes Under the Trees to the heirs of its previous owner Nora Stiasny. The work had been at the Musée d’Orsay ever since it was looted by the Nazis in Vienna in 1938. She also emphasized diversity, social issues, and initiated the Orsay Grand Open project, aimed at expanding the institution’s programming and spaces. “A great museum must face history, including by looking back at the history of our owns institutions,” she told AFP in an interview in April.

In an interview with the radio station France Inter, Des Cars articulated the missions of her tenure, one of which is to attract more French and international youths to the museum. “The Louvre has a lot to say to young people, they will be at the heart of my concerns as president,” she said. “The Louvre can be fully contemporary, open up to today’s world while talking to us about the past.”

Cars, who will step into her role on September 1, will replace the museum’s leader of eight years, Jean-Luc Martinez, a trained archaeologist from a working-class background who became director in 2013 after a long reign by upper class art historians.

From : pk.mashable.com

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