Starting from the observation that the two major French factories, with their history and their specificities, shared common interests, the Minister of Culture, Rima Abdul Malak wanted to study the possible convergences between the Mobilier national and the Cité de la céramique - Sèvres and Limoges.
To this end, she asked Hervé Lemoine, President of the Mobilier National, to make proposals to promote synergies between the two institutions, the pooling of skills and know-how, the sharing of strategic reflections, the emergence of transversal tools and objectives. This mission, the conclusions of which are expected in spring 2023, will be conducted in close cooperation with Irene Basilis, Inspector General of Cultural Affairs, appointed to act as Acting Director General of the Cité de la céramique - Sèvres and Limoges.
At the same time, Irene Basilis will accompany the establishment of the Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres and Limoges in this process, ensuring to consolidate its human and financial resources, in order to continue the deployment of the activity and strengthen the fundamental missions, in the field of fine crafts and know-how, heritage and scientific expertise.
This mission is entrusted to the General Management of the Cité de la Céramique – Sèvres et Limoges, following the mandate of Romane Sarfati, who has led the institution since 2014 before committing to new professional projects. During her two mandates, Romane Sarfati worked for the international influence of the institution and for the transmission of a unique heritage in the world: it has placed contemporary creation at the heart of the institution’s project and has pursued a policy of openness to the public through the establishment of an online shop, the creation of the expertise gallery within the Sèvres museum, to the development of an inclusive public policy, to the organization of exhibitions on unifying and transversal themes, as evidenced by “Formes vivantes”, which opens at the National Ceramic Museum in Sèvres on 9 November 2022.
A graduate in business and administration management, Irène Basilis worked for the first part of her career in the live entertainment sector, before joining the firm of Jean-Jack Queyranne, President of the Rhône-Alpes Regional CouncilAlps, then join the General Directorate of Artistic Creation at the Ministry of Culture. Deputy Director of the Cabinet of Audrey Azoulay, Minister of Culture, she was then appointed to the General Inspection of Cultural Affairs in 2017. She then worked from 2019 at the City of Lille as Deputy Director General in charge of the Culture Division, and since January 2021, she was Director of Cultural Affairs at the City of Paris.