VCESDA Winter Lecture | Musée des Arts Décoratifs: Between Original Heritage and Challenging Present

The Musée des Arts Décoratifs has a very unusual history and identity in the French museums system: as one of the largest, private institutions, tasked with maintaining national collections, it represents a unique model in France, where main museums typically belong to municipalities. Connected to the creative industries since its foundation, housed in a wing of the Louvre Palace, the Musée des Arts Décoratifs is facing new challenges in a changing cultural world. How do they propose new galleries in constrained facilities? How do you raise the consciousness and awareness of an eclectic audience, connoisseurs or teenagers? Or transform old limits into new opportunities?

Dr. Olivier Gabet, Directeur des Musées, Musée des Arts Décoratifs and Musée Nissim de Camondo, Paris. He will discuss how his museums make a difference, by expanding the focus from their original history and identity, through new galleries, exhibitions programs, connoisseurship and education. 


Images: Anthropomorphic Chiffonnier, André Groult (1884-1967), Paris, 1925 Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs (c) MAD, Paris / Jean Tholance | Men's suit (Habit à la Française), jacket, vest and breeches, France, 1804-1815, Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratif, Coll UFAC (c) MAD, Paris / Jean