That year, she was appointed head of the Musée d’Orsay, where she was praised for exhibitions produced in collaboration with partners such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid. The 2019 exhibition “Black models: from Géricault to Matisse”, which focused on black figures hitherto neglected in French art and which was developed with the Wallach Art Gallery in New York, is considered a milestone in its development. mandate.
“A great museum must face up to history, in particular by reviewing the history of our own institutions,” she told Agence France-Presse in an interview in April.
Des Cars is one of the rare women to have directed the great French museums. This shortage is “a consequence of official institutions not reaching out to women enough or giving them enough confidence,” Cars said in a 2018 interview with The New York Times. But there is also “the issue of self-censorship – women who think, ‘I’m not up to this kind of work,’” she said.
“Women have to overcome their personal doubts and say to themselves, ‘I can do it. This is happening at the right time in my life and in my career. I’m ready for that, ”added Car.
The Louvre is owned by the French state, which is why the President of France appoints the head of the museum.
A few months ago, it was assumed that Jean-Luc Martinez, president of the Louvre since 2013, was assured of a third term of three years. Under his tenure, the Louvre increased the number of visitors beyond 10 million for the first time. Its historic Leonardo exhibition, which ended a few weeks before France closed last year, garnered rave reviews and a million visitors.