Françoise Nyssen, Minister of Culture, has appointed two general curators for the development of the exhibition of the iconic works of the national collections intended to reach out to the public, a landmark measure of the plan Culture near you presented on 29 March at the Grande Halle de la Villette.
Olivia Voisin, Director of the Orléans Museums, and Sylvain Amic, Director of the Réunion des musées métropolitains Rouen Normandie, will propose, in consultation with the heads of the national collections, a project of exhibition of chefs-of works recognized and intended to be presented in the territories, in places both museum and museum. This work will revolve around an editorial, cultural and scientific project, conducted in close connection with the territories. A first concrete project will be presented at the next European Night of Museums on 19 May 2018.
Olivia Voisin, Curator of Heritage, and Sylvain Amic, Chief Curator, are known for their scientific requirement in art history. They have conducted exhibition offices in Paris and the Region, and have a fine knowledge of the circulation of works: management of the protection of collections, preventive conservation, transport and insurance, negotiation with the managers of collections, curators and stewards.
Each in their institution, they have distinguished themselves by a dynamic approach of the museum institution, in direct connection with the territories to propose rereadings of the museographic routes and innovative mediation projects, going in front of the visitors.
A first working meeting, convened by the Minister and chaired by the two commissioners general is organized Monday, April 16, 2018, with the directors and presidents of the largest lenders museums, as well as the Meeting of National Museums-Grand Palace and National Monuments Centre.
Olivia Voisin is a heritage curator. XIX specialiste century, Olivia Voisin was in charge of the collections of the library of the Musée de la Comédie-Française, then associate researcher at the Bibliothèque nationale de France, before joining the Institut national du Patrimoine. In 2013, she became curator of the Fine Arts department of the Picardie Museum in Amiens where she launched in particular the work of rediscovering large formats sent by the State. In 2015, she was appointed director of the Orléans museums, where she set up a think tank on the mobility of works according to conservation criteria and economic constraints. She has curated or contributed to numerous exhibitions and catalogues on romanticism, theatre in the 18th centurye and XIXe and the links between literature and visual arts.
After starting a career as a teacher and running the French School in Banjul (Gambia), Sylvain Amic becomes a heritage curator at the Musée Fabre in Montpellier, responsible for the XIX collectionse, modern and contemporary. Appointed Director of Rouen Museums in 2011, he has been managing the Reunion of Rouen Metropolitan Museums in Normandy since 2016. He has curated numerous exhibitions in Paris and the region. At the Musée des beaux-arts de Rouen, he distinguished himself in particular by calling on artists to rethink the museum’s journey in a subjective way, then, in 2016, by asking the public to vote to select the works he would like to see left the reserves, in the exhibition project «the visitors' room».