Laurent Le Bon has been appointed to a second three-year term as president of the Musée Picasso-Paris. He will “continue to spread the renown of this museum that has become a key institution under his leadership,” Minister of Culture Franck Riester said in a press release on 12 June.
Born 1969 in Neuilly-sur-Seine, Mr Le Bon graduated from Sciences Po Paris and the École du Louvre before passing the heritage curators competitive exam in first place. He was a curator at the Centre Pompidou in Paris before being chosen to lead the project to create the Centre Pompidou’s sister institution in Metz from 2008 to 2010 and becoming its director. When the Picasso Museum reopened in 2014, he took Anne Baldassari’s position as head of the Paris institution. Franck Riester praised Laurent Le Bon’s record, stressing his “cultural democratisation” efforts, “ambitious loan policy” and “numerous partnerships and cooperation agreements with major regional, national and international museums.” He recalled that over three million people have visited the museum since it reopened. Laurent Le Bon also started the “Picasso Mediterranean” project, which has held over 40 shows devoted to the Malaga-born artist across Europe since 2017. He was a member of the Arts Council from 2009 to 2011 and artistic director of Nuit Blanche (a contemporary art event in Paris) in 2012. His career demonstrates strong experience in managing museums and cultural organisations specialising in modern and contemporary art, which he wrote about in a book, L’art de concevoir et gérer un musée (The Art of Designing and Managing a Museum), co-authored with Claude Mollard, head of the Centre Pompidou from 1970 to 1978 and a former official on Minister of Culture Jack Lang’s general staff.