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Minister of Culture Franck Riester has appointed Béatrice Salmon as Director of the Centre national des arts plastiques


Deputy Director in charge of Visual Arts, within the Directorate General of Artistic Creation of the Ministry of Culture since January 2018, Béatrice Salmon previously served as Director of the FRAC – Regional Contemporary Art Fund of Brittany (Rennes) , advisor for fine arts  (DRAC Center), inspector of artistic creation (Ministry of Culture), and curator at the Cabinet of graphic art of the National Museum of Modern Art – Center Pompidou. While she held the position of director of the Museum of Fine Arts in Nancy and the Museum of Decorative Arts in Paris, she led major renovation projects. She has also been cultural and scientific advisor at the French Embassy in Belgium, in Brussels for 4 years.

The Centre national des arts plastiques (National Center for Visual Arts) is the operator of the Ministry of Culture, which acts in the field of visual arts and design: it is responsible for the management of the National Fund for Contemporary Art. Through a policy of deposits and loans, its collections are intended to be available to all audiences in all territories, in France and internationally.

Béatrice Salmon will implement the project of moving the Cnap to a single site in Pantin by 2022. A relocation that will bring together services and collections reserves, which will be partly shared with those of the Mobilier National. The new building, designed by BRUTHER and DATA agencies, will also be open to all visual arts professionals.

Among its main missions, the Cnap offers various support mechanisms to artists, but also to all actors in the field: gallery owners, curators, critics, researchers, publishers. With its site, it is also an important resource center for the entire visual arts ecosystem.

Béatrice Salmon’s project for Cnap is to continue these support actions while giving them more visibility. With more information available, but also more expertise and meetings, Her ambition is for the Cnap to be more of  a public service attentive to all actors of contemporary art.


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