On the proposal of Franck Riester, Minister of Culture, and Frédérique Vidal, Minister of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, the President of the Republic has renewed, for a second term, Éric de Chassey as Director General of the Institut national d'histoire de l'art.

Franck Riester and Frédérique Vidal would like to highlight Éric de Chassey’s record and welcome his reappointment.

Under his leadership, the INHA has largely transformed itself, becoming the world’s first documentation centre in art history, expanding its research programs and opening up to the outside world, both nationally and internationally. Research programmes have been set up on new themes, which are part of major current issues. National and international partnerships have been developed in the sense of a true history of globalized art. The opening of the library in the Labrouste room has led to a significant increase in its audiences and a significant increase in its collections. The INHA has finally opened up strongly to the outside through the development of public events, through a strengthened involvement in the Art History Festival, co-organized with the Château de Fontainebleau, and the creation of training tools for the teaching of art history. Invitations to young researchers from all over the country and the Assises mobiles de l'histoire de l'art have strengthened its national role.

This second three-year term will allow Éric de Chassey to continue, with all the teams, the dynamic that makes the INHA a leading institution and an internationally recognized model, in particular by ensuring the synergy between research activities and the library, by amplifying their digital dimension and the scientific and cultural dissemination that it allows, by developing instruments for training and awareness of art history, and actively collaborating in opening this discipline to new objects and methods. Continued collaboration with national and international training, research and heritage institutions will also be at the heart of this second mandate.

Éric de Chassey, born in 1965, has been a professor of art history at the École normale supérieure de Lyon since 2012. He was director of the Académie de France in Rome – Villa Medicis for six years (2009-2015) before taking over the management of the INHA in 2016. He has published articles, essays, catalogues and books on art, particularly on art history and its teaching, Matisse’s work, US art and transnational artistic relations, 20th and 21st century abstraction, photography and visual culture in the second half of the 20th century. He also curated some forty exhibitions in France and abroad.