After weeks of deliberation, Emmanuel Macron and the French Ministry of Culture decided that Laurence de Carr should be president of the Louvre World Museum in a precedent never seen before since the opening of the famous museum in 1793.
The choice of Lawrence, 54, did not come randomly or by chance. Rather, it was the result of her success in managing the d’Orsay and “Orangerie” museums, as well as her specialization in painting in the nineteenth century, and her efforts to develop the Louvre Abu Dhabi.
In addition, Lawrence presented an ambitious project to modernize and develop the Louvre Museum, to attract French youth to visit it, and to establish a new department for antiquities, paintings, and arts of the Byzantine period and the Christians of the East.
The specialized French magazine Nimro stated that De Carre would succeed Jean-Luc Martinez, who had been running the Louvre Foundation for the past eight years.
For her part, the new president of the Louvre, who takes office next September 1, announced that she will strive to make the museum “an echo of society” and to modernize the means of display while preserving its essence and spirit.
For several months, the question that preoccupied those interested in the art world was: Who will now lead the largest, most famous and most visited museum in the world?
Despite the expectations of some that he would extend President Jean-Luc Martinez for a third term, the matter finally settled on De Carre to become officially at the head of the most famous Parisian institution in the world.
In fact, Lawrence de Carr has been immersed in the world of culture since her inception, as her father was a journalist and her grandfather was a novelist.
What is more, she studied at the Sorbonne, worked at the Louvre and then the National Heritage School, and held the position of curator of the Musée d’Orsay in 1994, a position she held for 13 years before becoming the scientific director of the France Museums Agency, where she contributed to the development of the Louvre Abu Dhabi project.
De Carre majored in the history and trends of painting in the nineteenth century, and in 2014 she assumed the presidency of the Musée de l’Orangerie, and three years later she headed the Musée d’Orsay, where she served for 4 years before moving to her new position.
On the initiative of exhibitions devoted to Gustave Courbet, Jean-Léon Jerome, or even American painters of the 1930s, de Carr was able to highlight works that were sometimes so popular and then rarely celebrated and re-read.
De Carre was highly regarded in French and international art circles by organizing an art exhibition dedicated to the black model in Western art at the Musée d’Orsay in 2019.
On the afternoon of Monday 24 May, Laurence de Carr received a crucial call from the French Minister of Culture, Roslyn Bachelot, informing her of her appointment to head the largest museum in the world.
In her program presented to the head of state and members of the government, it was clear that they were impressed by her unique vision of contemporary cultural and artistic issues and the development of the Louvre, which she described as “the echo chamber of society” and “the home of all arts and artists.”
Lawrence de Carr wants to attract more French youth in particular to visit the museum, especially that 70% of its current visitors are foreigners.