How does your French heritage shape the way you appreciate art?
I grew up in the North of France and then studied French literature in Paris at the Sorbonne University. I've always been attracted to art but it was by chance that I started studying art history at the École du Louvre (located in Paris) and it was a revelation! Beyond the study of history, what fascinated me most was the encounter, almost the intimacy, with the materiality of works of art and heritage objects, because some courses were directly organized in museums or monuments.
Tell us about your path to becoming a curator?
At the École du Louvre, I discovered the profession of curator, which seemed to correspond to my ambitions because it is a versatile job, combining research and the organisation of temporary exhibitions. There is also a more technical dimension, which involves restoring works of art. At the beginning, this job seemed inaccessible to me because in France, you have to pass a difficult civil service exam, but I finally obtained it in 2007! I then joined the Institut National du Patrimoine, a school that trains curators for 18 months, before taking my first job in Nantes in the service of historical monuments.
Tell us about the Fernand Léger National Museum and what visitors can expect.
I have been working at the Fernand Léger national Museum for four years. It is a pioneering institution because it is the first museum dedicated to a modern artist to open on the French Riviera in 1960. Indeed, this region was the place of life and creation of many artists of this period, such as Pablo Picasso or Henri Matisse, attracted by the light of the Mediterranean.
Visitors who come to the Fernand Léger National Museum are often lovers of modern art from all continents. But we also have an important school and family educational programme. These groups are encouraged to appreciate the colours, the joyful and modern themes of Léger's works, such as leisure, the world of objects or the circus. We are fortunate to have a museum where the architecture, decorated with monumental mosaic and ceramic decorations, is surrounded by a very pleasant Mediterranean park, where visitors like to walk around and spend a relaxing moment.