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France Names Jean-Luc Martinez as New Chief of Louvre


By Farah Nayeri on April 03, 2013

文)Farah Nayeri 2013年4月3日

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Jean-Luc Martinez has been named head of the Louvre

The Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, got a new chief today as France appointed Jean-Luc Martinez to replace Henri Loyrette, in the post since 2001.


Martinez, who starts April 15, runs the museum’s Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities department — one of eight Louvre departments which together display a total of some 35,000 works. The announcement was made by the French Culture Ministry.


Martinez takes over at a critical time: as the Louvre prepares to open its first international offshoot in Abu Dhabi, a project that is bringing it and French partner museums a total of 1 billion euros ($1.28 billion) over 30 years. Martinez also faces the challenge of upgrading an overcrowded institution at a time when state cultural spending is shrinking.



Martinez, 49, joined the Louvre in 1997 shortly after a three-year stint in Greece where he took part in archeological digs in Delos and Delphi and helping renovate Delphi’s archeological museum. He is fluent in English, Spanish and Greek, and also speaks Italian.


At the Louvre, he oversaw the decade-long renovation of the Greek antiquities gallery, where the Venus de Milo is showcased.


Most recently, he curated the main gallery of the Louvre’s new branch in Lens, northern France, a former coal-mining town. Louvre Lens, opened in December, is the museum’s very first offshoot outside Paris.




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