Christine Macel

Chief curator at Centre Pompidou

Despite a difficult critical reception, Macel’s edition of the Venice Biennale closed to record visitor numbers last November. Back at her day job as chief curator of Paris’s Centre Pompidou, Macel and her team were busy trying to revive the spirit of May 68 with three weeks of debate, screenings and student workshops, as well as staging shows for César, Sheila Hicks and a much-anticipated retrospective of work by the late Franz West. To balance out this Eurocentric programme, the institution hosted an exhibition by Malaysian modernist painter Latiff Mohidin in collaboration with the National Gallery Singapore, while its Metz counterpart turned to Japan with three exhibitions earlier this year, including a solo devoted to Kyoto-based experimental collective Dumb Type. Such partnerships reflect the institution’s increasingly internationalist ambition: while its Málaga outpost presented a Jean Dubuffet retrospective this July, its David Chipperfield-designed Shanghai building is slated to open next year.