Laurence of the Cars, General Curator of Heritage, has just been appointed Director of the Orangerie Museum by the Minister of Culture and Communication, Aurélie Filippetti, on the proposal of Guy Cogeval, President of the Public Institution of the Orsay and Orangerie Museums. She takes up her duties from 7 January 2014 and thus succeeds Marie-Paule Vial.
Laurence des Cars is also responsible for the exhibitions of the Orsay and Orangerie museums.
Scientific director of Agence France-Muséums since July 2007, she was previously curator at the Musée d'Orsay from 1994 to 2007.
XIX Art Specialiste century and early XXe century, Laurence des Cars has curated many exhibitions including Édouard Vuillard (Washington, National Gallery of Art, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, London, Royal Academy of Art, 2003-2004) ; Gustave Courbet (Paris, Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, New York, The Metroplitan Museum of Art, Montpellier, Fabre Museum, 2007-2008); Jean-Léon Gérôme (Los Angeles, Getty Museum, Paris, Musée d'Orsay, Madrid, Thyssen Museum, 2010-2011); Louvre Abu Dhabi, Birth of a museum (Abu Dhabi; Saadiyat Al Manarat, 2013).
In particular, it published LFrench art. On the 19thth century (1819-1905) (Flammarion, 2006) , under the direction of Henri Loyrette, former President and Director of the Louvre Museum, and in collaboration with Sébastien Allard, curator at the Louvre Museum. She was in charge of the work Louvre Abu Dhabi, the birth of a museum (Flammarion, Louvre Museum) , and will be one of the curators of the exhibition «Louvre Abu Dhabi, birth of a museum» which will be held at the Louvre Museum from April to July 2014.