On the proposal of Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, the President of the Republic appointed Jean-Paul Cluzel, Inspector General of Finance, President of the public establishment of the Grand Palais des Champs Elysées, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the National Museums Meeting.

Jean-Paul Cluzel was also entrusted with the task of defining, for all the spaces of the Grand Palais, a global cultural project that could make Paris one of the very first places of exhibitions and events of international rank.

Indeed, the Grand Palais is currently facing a dispersion of initiatives and programming, and a relative inadequacy of exhibition spaces, despite the successful renovation of the Nave’s glass roof. It is therefore necessary to redefine the identity and the missions of this exceptional monument in the heart of Paris and to develop a coherent cultural project aimed at creating a great Palais des Arts et des Sciences of the 21st century, emblematic of the Grand Paris of culture.

In consultation with the President of the Cité des Sciences et de l'industrie et du Palais de la découverte Claudie Haigneré, and with Thomas Grenon, General Manager of the RMN, Jean Paul Cluzel will propose a strategic and financial framework, a new organization of spaces, a programming calendar, and the terms of an international architecture competition. Its proposals must be submitted to the President of the Republic before 31 March.

Jean Paul Cluzel will also work towards the rapprochement of the two public institutions, of which he will henceforth assume the presidency. As the new Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Réunion des musées nationaux, he succeeds Jean-Ludovic Silicani, whose term of office ended on 11 September 2009, and to whose action Frédéric Mitterrand wishes to pay tribute. Under the chairmanship of Jean-Ludovic Silicani, the Reunion of National Museums completed its financial recovery, redefined its missions and relations with all the actors in the museum sector, and engaged in a dynamic policy of cultural dissemination. The Court of Auditors has recently noted these excellent results.

It is now up to Jean-Paul Cluzel, in this modernized framework, to extend the work done by the teams of the Réunion des musées nationaux by developing an innovative project, focused on cultural democratization and the conquest of new audiences.