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After Controversy, Musée d’Orsay President Reappointed to Post for Shortened Term

The president of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris since 2008, Guy Cogeval, will be reappointed to his post, but for a one-year term instead of three, according to Aurelien Breeden in the New York Times. Praising his “repeated critical and public success,” the French Culture Ministry noted that he had been instrumental in revamping the museum.

Six curators at the Musée d’Orsay anonymously reached out to the newspaper Le Monde to express their opinion that he shouldn’t be reappointed, claiming his ability to lead had diminished after he suffered a stroke in 2014, as previously reported here.

The anonymous criticism was dismissed by Cogeval as “rumors fostered by rivals vying for his job and denied the stroke had left him impaired,” according to Breeden.

In March 2017, Cogeval will leave to lead an arts center specializing in painters known as Les Nabis. The cause of his shortened term was left unclear.