Tribute by Frédéric Mitterrand, Minister of Culture and Communication, to Françoise Cachin

Françoise Cachin, great lady of museums, has just left us.

Little daughter of Marcel Cachin, and Paul Signac, she seemed destined to
a career in the service of art. And it is to modern painting, as
in honour of her grandfather, whom she has dedicated to a career that
imposes respect.

Curator committed to the service of French public collections,
first at the National Museum of Modern Art, it will have
the history of museums as the creative soul of the Musée d'Orsay,
devoted nearly 20 years of her career. At the head of this
institution whose opening in 1986 profoundly changed the landscape
of Paris and world museums, she has constantly
knowledge of 19th century French artists, inventors of the
modernity, through reference exhibitions and monographs,
dedicated to Manet, Gauguin, Signac, Seurat…

Appointed Director of Museums by Jacques Toubon in 1994,
then at the service of all the museums of France that she put
his convictions and his great professionalism,. We owe him
In particular, the drafting of the French Museums Act, a key
arch of the museum policy in France, which we will celebrate in
2012 the tenth anniversary.
Its commitment to the development of regional museums
and links between Parisian museums and the very rich collections of
regions, marked a major step in the establishment of a
national museum vision. It is also driven by this
conviction that it was at the origin of the creation of the Research Centre
and Restoration of the Museums of France and the French Regional and
American Museum Exchange (FRAME).

In response to this exceptional career, the Musée d'Orsay chose
to entrust to him one last commissariat, that of a great exhibition
dedicated to Edouard Manet, which will open to the public in April. Tribute to
this major artist of which she was one of the greatest smugglers, this
The exhibition will also be a tribute to Françoise Cachin.