Jean de Loisy

President of the Palais de Tokyo from June 2011 to December 2018, Jean de Loisy is now director of the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts in Paris, while maintaining his activities as an independent curator. He has held various positions in many cultural institutions. From 1986 to 1988 he was commissioned by the Ministry of Culture for contemporary creation in historical monuments, before becoming the deputy director of the Musée de Nîmes from 1989 to 1991. In 1990 he was curator of the Fondation Cartier and then, from 1994 to 1997, curator at the Centre Pompidou. He has also been an art critic for the radio station France Culture, for the “Peintures fraîche” show, from 1996 to 2006, and since 2013, producer of the “Les Regardeurs” radio show (which was renamed “L’Art est la matière” in 2013).

In his work as curator, Jean de Loisy has participated in numerous international events, including the Venice Biennale in 1993 and 2011, and the Gwangju Biennale in South Korea in 1995. He has organized various monographic exhibitions (Bill Viola, Huang Yong Ping, etc.), as well as major historical exhibitions such as Traces du sacré at the Centre Pompidou, Paris (2008) and Les Maîtres du désordre at the Musée du Quai Branly (2012). He was Curator of Monumenta 2011/Anish Kapoor at the Grand Palais and of Formes simples at the Centre Pompidou-Metz in 2014.


  • Bice Curiger and Jean de Loisy on France Culture
  • Interview for the exhibiton La Complicité
  • Publication: Van Gogh-Duchamp: Oil and Water?, symposium proceedings, 2017