Annabelle Ténèze

Museum Director and Curator

November 8-20, 2021 and Spring 2022

Historian Annabelle Teneze smilling wearing a navy and orange suit standing behind white and orange background

Boris Conte

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“Making the museum a sounding board for key contemporary issues, a place for calm discussion, reinventing the modalities of access to art, and meeting needs in terms of art, knowledge, sharing, and emotions.”

As an art historian who decided to work in cultural institutions, and more specifically in museums, I have worked in very different contexts: first as curator at the Picasso Museum in Paris, from 2006 to 2012, then as director of the Museum of Contemporary Art of Rochechouart, from 2012 to 2016, before taking over as head of Les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse.


A permanent aspect of my career is the fact of working in places with a strong territorial presence and clear international ambitions. With its dual identity (as a museum and a regional collection of contemporary art – a French specificity), Les Abattoirs welcomes visitors to its site, a 19th century heritage building, which houses a collection and historical exhibitions of modern art or contemporary works. Another part of our mission is to take our collections and artworks out to meet the public in as many venues as possible: libraries, historic sites, retirement homes, prisons, boats, airports, etc. We share our thoughts on equal access to art, and develop social programs. The health situation in recent months, with its negative impact on cultural accessibility, confirmed the importance of this issue of access to art and education. With the help of schools, social centers and associations, we usually work in the community. But when this human chain is broken, how can it be reconstructed? We are looking into new ways of dialoguing with people unfamiliar with the museum world or with limited access to new technologies for financial reasons.


In partnership with

les Abattoirs, Musée - Frac Occitanie Toulouse

les Abattoirs, Musée – Frac Occitanie Toulouse opened in 2000 in a nineteenth-century heritage building renovated to house modern art exhibitions and presents the work of contemporary artists. Les Abattoirs is home to permanent art collections, a media library, a visitor’s hall, studios, an auditorium, a bookshop, and a restaurant. Its art collections, as well as works by other various artists, are circulated within the Occitanie region, in direct association with the local inhabitants and stakeholders. 


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