On the proposal of the Ministers of Culture and Higher Education, Research and Innovation, by decree in the Council of Ministers of 27 May 2020, the President of the Republic appointed Emmanuel Kasarhérou President of the Quai Branly-Jacques Chirac Museum.


Former Director of the Territorial Museum of New Caledonia and Director General of the Agency for the Development of Kanak Culture - Jean-Marie Tjibaou Cultural Centre, Emmanuel Kasarhérou has been Deputy Director of Heritage and Collections at the Quai Branly Museum since 2014.Jacques Chirac. He is a specialist in the art and civilizations of the Oceanian world, especially in Kanak culture, to which he dedicated a reference exhibition presented in Paris and then in Nouméa (2013-2014).

Appointed today as the head of a museum that has become an international reference, he will work to continue and strengthen the “dialogue of cultures” at the heart of the institution’s missions.


His project for the musée du quai Branly has a strong scientific component: strengthening the study of the history of the museum’s collections, in order to better value its immense wealth, and developing the research and teaching policy specific to the museum. At the same time, it will be a matter of encouraging a renewal of the museum’s audiences, in particular the Ile-de-France audiences, by making greater use of contemporary artists, who will be present in all the museum’s activities (exhibition, event programming, live performance).


Mr. Kasarhérou will also make cooperation with the countries of origin of the collections and their circulation a priority in his work. It will continue the insertion of the museum in the European network of museums of world cultures, developing joint scientific and cultural projects within the framework of the new policy of cooperation with Africa.


Emmanuel Kasarhérou succeeds Stéphane Martin, whose Minister of Culture, Franck Riester, and the Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Frédérique Vidal, wish to highlight the decisive role in the success of the project of the musée du quai Branly-Jacques Chirac. Stéphane Martin has supported the museum since its inception to make it an essential cultural and scientific actor at the service of the knowledge of the arts, cultures and civilizations of the world by the widest public.


The Ministers also welcome the work of Jérôme Bastianelli, Deputy Director General of the museum, who has held the interim presidency of the institution since the end of 2019.