In a significant move proposed by Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak, Didier Fusillier has been named director of the Grand Palais des Champs-Elysées. This appointment, effective from September 1, 2023, for a five-year term, has been welcomed for Fusillier's wealth of cultural expertise and innovative spirit.
Didier Fusillier, born in 1959, has an impressive background in the cultural sector. He began by founding festivals in Maubeuge, and later directed the Maison des arts de Créteil (MAC) and played key roles in cultural programs such as Lille 3000. Throughout his career, he has been dedicated to making art accessible to a broader audience, showcasing various art forms and embracing innovation.
Fusillier's most recent role was as the President of the Public Establishment of Parc et de la Grande Halle de La Villette. Under his leadership, La Villette thrived as a hub of artistic experimentation and collaboration, making art available to diverse audiences through events and exhibitions.
As Director of the Grand Palais, Didier Fusillier will oversee the restoration of the Grand Palais in preparation for the upcoming Olympic Games. He also aims to continue the venue's tradition of hosting iconic events and exhibitions. A strategic partnership with the Centre Pompidou is planned during the closure of the Beaubourg site, focusing on showcasing the National Museum of Modern Art's collections.
Fusillier's tenure is expected to reinforce the Grand Palais as a creative industries hub. He envisions a dynamic program that engages different demographics and forms of art. Fusillier's rich experience and dedication to inclusivity make him a promising leader for the Réunion des musées nationaux et du Grand Palais.
Image : Le Grand Palais Éphémère © Collection Rmn - Grand Palais © Patrick Tourneboeuf - Tendance Floue
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