Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, on the proposal of the selection committee and the school’s Board of Directors, has decided to appoint Jean de Loisy as director of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Paris (ENSBA). Jean de Loisy will take up his duties on 2 January 2019.

The selection committee constituted for the recruitment was composed of two representatives of the Ministry of Culture, Éléonore de Lacharrière, president of the school’s Board of Directors, Alain Fuchs, president of the PSL University, and three distinguished personalities from the world of art, Anita Molinero, Catherine Grenier and Christian Bernard.

President and Director of the Palais de Tokyo since 2011, Jean de Loisy accompanied the reopening of the establishment which has become the largest art centre in Europe and has confirmed in a few years its status as an essential place of the French artistic scene. During his career, Jean de Loisy served as Director of the Frac Pays de la Loire, Creative Inspector at the Ministry of Culture in charge of public commissions for historical monuments, Deputy Director of the Museum of Nîmes, Curator of the Cartier Foundation and the Centre Georges-Pompidou and Director of Programs for Mission 2000. His work as curator led him to present exhibitions by Jean-Michel Alberola, Philippe Cognée, François Morellet, Georges Rousse, James Turrell, Allan Mac Collum, Fischli and Weiss, Franck Scurti, in France and abroad. He was curator of Monumenta Anish Kapoor in 2011 at the Grand Palais. He also designed major exhibitions: La Beauté in Avignon, Traces of the sacred at the Centre Pompidou, The Masters of Disorder at the musée du quai Branly - Jacques Chirac or The Wind after at ENSBA.

This journey at the service of art, artists and audiences, led Jean de Loisy to propose for the Ecole des Beaux-Arts a unifying project, coherent and ambitious, conducted with the school’s teams and resolutely turned towards students. He wants to give a new ambition to the school, so that it becomes again a place of possibilities for the students thanks in particular to the quality of its teaching and pedagogy, in order to bring out new artists. It will make it a place of transmission of art and a gateway to professional life. It will consider the dimension of Fine Arts as a place of conservation of an exceptional collection, museum, publishing house and emblematic monument. Finally, Jean de Loisy will enrich the School’s network in order to open it to strong partnerships and new collaborations in France but also in Europe and internationally.