On the proposal of Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, the President of the Republic appointed Marie-Christine Labourdette as President of the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine. She succeeds Guy Amsellem, who held these positions since December 2012.
Marie-Christine Labourdette is Deputy Head of the Ministry of Culture. She was general secretary of the Academy of France in Rome at the Villa Medicis, regional director of cultural affairs of Burgundy, before joining in 2007 the office of Christine Albanel, Minister of Culture and Communication, as an advisor on heritage and architecture.
In June 2008, she was appointed Director of Museums of France, then Director in charge of Museums in the new Directorate-General for Heritage in 2010, where she was in charge of the national public policy in favour of Museums of France.
Françoise Nyssen wishes to welcome the assessment of the action of Marie-Christine Labourdette, in particular, the development and implementation of a Museums Plan, which involved 80 projects to build or renovate museums in France in the regions in close partnership with local authorities; the commissioning of major national museum projects, in particular the realization of the MuCEM in Marseille, the first decentralized national museum in the region, but also the renovations of the Adrien Dubouché museum in Limoges, the Franco-American museum in Blérancourt; an innovative policy to acquire national treasures, including the purchase of Rembrandt’s pair of paintings for the Louvre. For 10 years, Marie-Christine Labourdette represented the Ministry within the Agence France-Muséums, which carried out the Louvre Abu Dhabi project and was responsible for mobilizing the national collections presented there.
The Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine (CAPA), created in 2004, is the result of the meeting of the Musée des monuments français, the Institut français d'architecture and the Centre des hautes études de Chaillot-École de Chaillot. Its mission is to promote knowledge of architecture and heritage, their history and their insertion in territories, to disseminate architectural creation in France and abroad, to participate in the promotion of research and the training of public officials and professionals in heritage and architecture.
As president of CAPA, Marie-Christine Labourdette will face many challenges, including:
- Develop the attractiveness and revitalize the attendance of the establishment;
- Conduct an ambitious arts and cultural education policy;
- Manage the training of architects specialized in heritage within the Chaillot School;
- To offer to the public, students and professionals a recognized place of debate on the issues of architecture, heritage and living environment.
It will be able to rely on the scientific steering committee of the institution, which, through the participation of practising architects, must reflect the challenges of today’s architecture.
Marie-Christine Labourdette will have to make the Cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine a “common home” open to all disciplines, professions and schools of thought and contribute to “arouse in the French a desire for architecture.”