Today French president François Hollande selected Jean-Luc Martinez, who is currently head of the Louvre’s department of Greek, Roman, and Etruscan antiquities, as the next director of the museum when Henri Loyrette officially leaves his post on April 14.
The 49-year-old Martinez is an art historian and curator who has worked at the Louvre since 1997, according to Le Figaro. The other short-listed candidates were Sylvie Ramond, head of Lyon’s Musée des Beaux-Arts, and Laurent Le Bon, director of the Centre-Pompidou Metz. Culture minister Aurélie Filippetti had pushed for the selection of Ramond, hoping to bring more women into the highest echelons of museum governance in France, but Louvre conservators were said to be resistant to her candidacy.
Under Loyrette’s presidency, the Louvre opened a new outpost in the northern French city of Lens, built a new wing for its department of Islamic arts, and launched the Louvre-Abu Dhabi project, which is due to be completed in 2015. With almost ten million people walking through its doors in 2012, the Louvre is the most-visited museum in the world.
— Kate Deimling
(Photo: Jean-Luc Martinez © Musée du Louvre 2013 / Antoine Mongodin)