Musée D’Orsay President Defends His Record after Curators Anonymously Contact Le Monde

Approaching the end of his second three-year term and about to begin his third, Guy Cogeval, current president of the Musée D’Orsay, is facing resistance from his own staff, reports Le Monde.

After suffering a stroke in 2014, Cogeval has seen his capability to fulfill his responsibilities questioned, predominantly by museum employees. Earlier this year, six out of thirty of the museum's curators anonymously contacted the French newspaper Le Monde, claiming that his presidency would bring the museum to the edge of collapse. Cogeval responded to this attack by defending his achievements in a letter addressed to the newspaper. In past years the president organized a series of successful exhibitions and recently announced a donation of 141 works by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard from the estate of the recently deceased collector Jean-Pierre Marcie-Rivière.

According to a museum spokesperson, the criticism of Cogeval’s presidency represents only a small minority of the museum’s staff. As an example of overall internal stress faced by the institution, the spokesperson points out that the institution has also had to contend with the loss of other important staff, such as Sylvie Patry, the former head of the department of Impressionism and post-Impressionism who recently became chief curator at the Barnes Foundation in Philadelphia.