Laurent Le Bon, president of the Picasso museum in Paris, will in July become president of the Center Pompidou, the modern art institution, known for its upside-down architecture, which is one of France’s most popular tourist attractions.
The French Culture Ministry confirmed Le Bon’s appointment in a press release on Friday. He will replace Serge Lasvignes, its president since 2015.
Le Bon, 52, faces a difficult tenure. The Parisian museum is set to close its doors from 2023 to 2027 for renovations to deal with its dilapidated heating and cooling system, escalators that frequently break down and asbestos in the structure that must be removed . The museum will send works from its collection of 120,000 people to museums in France during its closure.
This month, the Center Pompidou also announced plans to open an outpost in Jersey City, New Jersey, in 2024, adding to its satellite museums in Metz, France; Malaga, Spain; Brussels; and Shanghai.