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BACKSTAGE PRESENCE

SUZANNE PAGÉ GENERATES A HOST of contradictory reactions. Some have described the director of the Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris as an extraordinarily sensitive curator, one who is always on the artist’s side. Others see her as an art-world player whose tactics can verge on ruthlessness when it comes to fulfilling her ambitions. When I finally managed to convince Pagé that it might be interesting to be interviewed (which wasn’t easy), I found myself in the presence of an articulate, energetic woman, elegant in that unmistakably French way, who made a point of—in fact insisted on—her insignificance in the face of the tremendous power of art itself. A curator’s power, she suggested, resides mainly in the ability to be vulnerable to artist visions.

In the contemporary French art world, one finds plenty of believers in elaborate theoretical discourses but just as many disciples of

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