Laurence des Cars (1966), President-Director of the Musée du Louvre, has been appointed to the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board as of 1 February 2023.
‘It is an honour to join the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board, whose members I would like to thank for their trust. I look forward to fostering dialogue between European museums and sharing our experience, expertise and ideas.’
The Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board has appointed Des Cars as a member for a period of four years. Jacobina Brinkman, Supervisory Board Treasurer: ‘We are delighted that Laurence Des Cars has been appointed as a new member. It is an honour to welcome the Director of the world-famous Musée du Louvre to the Board.’
The first female President-Director of the Louvre in its 230-year history, Laurence des Cars was appointed by President Emmanuel Macron in 2021. After graduating from Sorbonne University, the École du Louvre and the Institut National du Patrimoine, Des Cars was appointed as Curator of Paintings at the Musée d’Orsay in 1994, where she curated a number of successful exhibitions, including on Gustave Courbet and Édouard Vuillard.
She became Scientific Director of France-Muséums from 2007 to 2014, overseeing the creation of Louvre Abu Dhabi. From 2017 to 2021, Des Cars was Director of the Musée d’Orsay and the Musée de l’Orangerie. The Black Models. From Géricault to Matisse show she programmed in 2019 won global acclaim.
Des Cars is a Knight of the French Legion of Honour, a Knight of the National Order of Merit and a Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters.
The other members of the Van Gogh Museum Supervisory Board are: Jaap Winter (Chair), Jacobina Brinkman (Treasurer), Maurine Alma, Hendrik Jan Roel and Marian Spier.