Whether “face-to-face” or not, any choice is a commitment to an imperfect cause. So I decided, or took it upon myself – whichever you prefer – to select only fifteen artists from the French scene and, what’s more, these artists are not (yet) present in our collections. The list will be surprising and even surprised me! So it just goes to show that the attraction of an artwork is stronger than any prejudice. Who could complain about that?
Bernard Blistène has been the director of the Musée national d’art moderne since 2013.
As a curator at the Centre Pompidou between 1983 and 1990, he created over thirty solo and thematic exhibitions, including those of Boltanski, Flanagan, Morellet, Ruscha, Rinke, and Palermo. Director of Marseille’s museums from 1990 to 1997, it is to him that we owe the creation of many recent museums, including the Musée d’art contemporain.
In his role as inspector general of artistic creation, he coordinated the twenty-year celebration of the FRACs.
He was then named director of the cultural development department of the Centre Pompidou and created the Nouveau Festival, a multidisciplinary event bringing together artists from all walks of life. As director of the MNAM, he has initiated countless projects and organised several major exhibitions, including the Koons, César, and Boltanski retrospectives.
He is preparing a Baselitz retrospective for autumn 2021.
This year’s virtual FIAC offers him the opportunity of making original choices among the works exhibited.
© Centre Pompidou – Philippe Migeat