Comings and Goings

This month:


Thomas Grenon leaves RMN for National Museum of Natural History

Leaving behind a “good record” during six years as director general of France’s Réunion des Musées Nationaux (RMN), according to the Court of Auditors, Thomas Grenon (pictured) is leaving the organisation to take over as chief executive of the National Museum of Natural History, which is spread over several sites in Paris and the regions. Grenon replaces Bertrand-Pierre Galey, the director of the museum since 2002, who has been named deputy director of heritage, in charge of architecture, at the Ministry of Culture.

Amélie Simier leaves Petit Palace to oversee two artists' museums

The City of Paris has appointed Amélie Simier as director of two municipal museums, the Musée Bourdelle and the Musée Zadkine, saying they want “closer management of these institutions”, both dedicated to the life and work of Montparnasse artists. Most recently curator of sculpture at the Petit Palais in Paris, Simier replaces Juliette Laffon, who ran the Musée Bourdelle since 2003 before she partly retired in May 2010, and Sylvain Lecombre, the director of the Musée Zadkine, who also partly retired several months ago. According to our sister paper, Le Journal des Arts, this joint appointment prefigures a restructuring of all the City of Paris museums under one umbrella organisation.

Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy joins Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros

The New York headquarters of the Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros has hired curator and museum director Sofía Hernández Chong Cuy to expand its contemporary Latin American art collection and programming. Born in Mexico, Cuy has worked at New York art spaces including Art in General and the Americas Society. She has been director of the Museo Tamayo in Mexico City since 2009.

Iraq appoints new minister of culture

Iraq has a new minister of culture, Saadoun al-Dulaimi, who was appointed by the government of prime minister Nouri al-Maliki on 22 December. A Sunni, he studied social psychology at Keele University, in the UK, and in 2005-06 served as minister of defence. Liwaa Semeism continues as acting minister of state for tourism and antiquities, although a new appointment may be made shortly. Discussions are continuing on the proposed reopening of Iraq’s National Museum as well as the possibility of establishing a new museum building at Al Muthana, the site of Baghdad’s former airport. M.B.

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