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The 2024 Museums Next Generation French Laureates

Museums & Heritage, Museums & Heritage

Clark Art Institute © Jeff Goldberg Esto

Seven French museums professionals will travel from Los Angeles to New York over the course of two weeks to engage with American museum professionals as part of the second edition of the Museums Next Generation program.

Seven French museum curators from all art history specialties have been selected for the second edition of Villa Albertine’s Museums Next Generation program. Launched in 2023, Museums Next Generation is a professional immersion and acceleration program for French and American curators.

As part of the program, French participants spend two weeks in the United States and American curators have the opportunity to engage in a 10-day exchange in France to meet with key museum professionals in the respective countries.

For the 2024 edition, French laureautes will travel to Los Angeles from April 14 to 21, and then to New York and the East Coast from May 12 to 19. During these two weeks, participants will benefit from field visits at some of the most dynamic and innovative institutions in the country, meeting with leaders in the field and learning about the challenges and specificities of the American museum landscape. They will also take part in networking events with American professionals.

The 2024 French Cohort

From top to bottom, left to right: Damarice Amao, Enguerrand Lascols, Fabrice Rubiella, Julie Rohou, Lise Mesz, Paméla Grimaud and Pierre-Hippolyte Pénet

  • Damarice Amao, Associate Curator for Photography at the Musée National d’Art Moderne/Centre Pompidou, Paris
  • Paméla Grimaud, Curator and Head of Collection and Research at the Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence
  • Enguerrand Lascols, Curator at MUCEM – Museum of the Civilizations of Europe and the Mediterranean, Marseille
  • Lise Mesz, Curator in charge of the prefiguration of the resources and research Center on Asia, Musée Guimet, Paris
  • Pierre-Hippolyte Pénet, Curator in Charge of the 15th to 18th Century Collection at the Palais des ducs de Lorraine – Musée Lorrain, Nancy
  • Julie Rohou, Curator in Charge of Goldsmiths, Jewelry, Measuring Instruments, and Arms at the National Museum of Renaissance, Château d’Ecouen, Ecouen
  • Fabrice Rubiella, Curator in Charge of Antiques, Non-European Art, Decorative Arts, and Sculptures at the Musées d’Angers.

On January 16, 2024, a jury of professionals gathered to select the latest cohort. The jury included, Oriane Beaufils, Curator and Head of Collection at Villa Ephrussi de Rothschild, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat; Anne-Lise Desmas, Curator and Head of Sculpture and Decorative Arts Department at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; Olivier Meslay, Director of the Clark Institute, Williamstown, MA; and Charles Personnaz, Director of the Institut national du patrimoine, Paris.

American candidates will be selected for the program this summer to participate in a 10-day immersion in the French museum ecosystem in October 2024.

Museums Next Generation is organized in partnership with Albertine Foundation and the Institut national du patrimoine, and is made possible thanks to the generous support of an anonymous donor.

In partnership with

Albertine Foundation

Previously known as FACE Foundation, Albertine Foundation is an American nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting French-American relations through innovative cultural and educational projects. In partnership with the Cultural Services of the French Embassy in the United States, Albertine Foundation promotes artistic, literary, and educational exchange and collaboration between creative professionals from both countries. With additional corporate, foundation, and individual support, Albertine Foundation administers grant programs in the performing and visual arts, cinema, translation, and secondary and higher education, while providing financial sponsorship to French-American festivals and other cultural initiatives. Albertine Foundation focuses on new and recent work of living artists and the promotion of bilingualism and the French language.

Institut national du patrimoine

The Institut national du patrimoine is an institute of higher education under the auspices of the French Ministry of Culture. The mission of the Institute is to recruit candidates through competitive entrance examinations and provide initial training to heritage curators and conservators-restorers. Training for these two closely related and complementary professions within the same establishment is unique in Europe. The Inp also proposes a wide range of continuing education program for both French and foreign heritage professionals. It is also a place for cultural diffusion through lectures and seminars and the opportunity to work along with other French and foreign heritage institutions and universities. Lastly, the Inp places its missions and actions within a network of international cooperation by sending its students on training program abroad, welcoming other foreign trainee students and exporting its training and expertise strategies.

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