Laurence des Cars

Laurence des Cars Appointed Director of Musée d’Orsay

Laurence des Cars, the current director of Paris’s Musée de l’Orangerie, has been appointed the new director of the Musée d’Orsay, reports Gareth Harris of the Art Newspaper. France’s Ministry of Culture issued a statement to say that Des Cars will “strengthen the museum’s place worldwide, building on partnerships with major international institutions.” She will replace Guy Cogeval, who will be leaving his post on March 15 to direct research on Symbolist art and Les Nabis under the auspices of the Musée d’Orsay.

Des Cars started as a curator at the Musée d’Orsay in 1994 and worked there until 2007. She was then in charge of the Agence France-Muséums, the French government organization responsible for the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which is slated to open later this year in the UAE. She assumed directorship of the Musée de l’Orangerie in January 2014.