Musée National d’Art Moderne to Tap Catherine David as Deputy Director

Catherine David will be named the new deputy director of the Musée National d’Art Moderne at the Centre Pompidou, according to Emmanuelle Lequeux in Le Monde. David, who will be replacing Catherine Grenier, was curator at the museum from 1981 to 1990. She has also served as curator at the National Gallery at the Jeu de Paume in Paris and the chief curator of the Musées de France. She was artistic director of the 1997 Documenta, and went on to direct the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam. Subsequently turning her focus to the Middle East, she led “Représentations Arabes Contemporains,” a project comprising exhibitions, seminars, and publications throughout Europe. She served in 2009 as commissioner of the Abu Dhabi pavilion at the Venice Biennale. In her new role at the Pompidou, she will be charged with steering the museum vis-à-vis issues surrounding globalization; the position’s responsibilities “fit her like a glove,” notes Lequeux, who points out that David is the woman who once said in an interview, “I never thought that the world stopped at Saint-Germain-des-Prés.”