On 13 May, the French Ministry of Culture revoked Anne Baldassari, President of the Musée Picasso in Paris, terminating her mandate more than a year before its due date (July 2015), The New York Times reports.
The verdict appears as a consequence of almost five years of twists and turns delaying the reopening of the museum, which has been under renovation since 2009. This decision also resulted from a management review by the General Inspection of Cultural Affairs in March 2014 recommending an overhaul, and stating that Baldassari was responsible for a ‘gravely deteriorating work environment’, that led to several resignations. Anne Baldassari, a Picasso scholar who had been leading the restoration project, rejects the accusations, contesting the objectivity of the report.
The Ministry announced that civil servant Jerome Bouët would act as a temporary President, until a new postholder is appointed.
14 May 2014.