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Emma Lavigne. Photo Manuel Braun.
Emma Lavigne. Photo Manuel Braun.

Emma Lavigne to Lead Palais de Tokyo in Paris

Emma Lavigne has been named the next president of the Palais de Tokyo in Paris. She will become the first woman to take the helm of the institution in its seventeen-year history. She comes to the arts center from the Centre Pompidou-Metz, where she has served as director since 2014. Lavigne succeeds Jean de Loisy who departed in December to head the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris’s academy of fine arts.

Prior to joining the Centre Pompidou’s satellite in Metz, Lavigne held positions at the International Council of Museums and the Paris Cité de la Musique. In 2008, she was appointed curator of contemporary art at the Centre Pompidou, where she has curated “Danser sa vie” (2012) with Christine Macel; a Pierre Huyghe retrospective (2013); and “elles@centrepompidou,” the historic rehang of its collection that included only works by female artists; among other exhibitions.

Since becoming director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz, she has curated “Warhol Underground” (2015) and “Kimsooja – To Breathe” (2016). The art historian also served as curator of the French pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale and as curator of the 2017 Biennale de Lyon.