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Christophe Leribault, Musée d'Orsay President: Ahead of Major Renovations

Published on , by Annick Colonna-Césari

As the Musée d'Orsay celebrates the 150th anniversary of Impressionism this year, and its own 40th anniversary in 2026, its president—who has since been appointed head of the Château de Versailles— has been reorganizing the collection layout and overseeing various projects.

PHOTOGRAPHER: ALEXANDRA LEBON Christophe Leribault, Musée d'Orsay President: Ahead of Major Renovations


How is the Musée d'Orsay doing today? We are lucky enough to be an internationally famous institution with some remarkable collections. So after the health crisis, the public quickly came back. And in 2023, the museum broke its attendance record with 3.9 million visitors: up 18% in 2022 and 6% in 2019. This is reflected in the return of foreign visitors, chiefly Americans and Italians, and the reconquest of French visitors (48%), our primary goal. But we're not chasing profitability. We're still offering free admission for those under 26, we won't be raising our entrance fees in 2024, and we've even lowered late-night admission from €14 to €10. All this is thanks to support from the French government, which has granted us €38.5 million for 2024—36% of our overall budget. And funding from sponsorship comes on top. What is entailed with the huge project for the museum that you've been working on since your appointment in 2021? The main thrust, which formed the basis of my candidature, is to recontextualize the collections, which means rethinking the way they are displayed. A large proportion of visitors, a third…
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