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Interview with Jean-Jacques Aillagon

Imageby Massimo Bran and Mariachiara Marzari |:venews

An impressive curriculum, to say the least. A gentleman of 61 years, former director of the Centre Pompidou and, above all, former Minister of Culture in France, a country where culture is one of the essential keys of national politics. A role, thus, to be filled only by persons who are at very least sublime.
All right: in a city which often represents an establishment that does not exactly possess an international mentality, the fact that a single museum, Palazzo Grassi, which is one of the most important in the world, is directed by a French ex-Minister of Culture, authorizes us to hope that, when all is said and done, Venice is still capable of attracting minds, in spite of its tenacity in withdrawing into itself.

One year at Palazzo Grassi. A first balance.

A very positive balance, that of the first year, with three great expositions inaugurated with considerable public and critical success and another great project in the wings, the exposition Roma e i Barbari, scheduled for January 2008.

"Winners" at
Punta della Dogana. What are the strong points of the Pinault project for the new contemporary museum pole?

The cultural project destined by Palazzo Grassi for Punta della Dogana was born of a scrupulous labour, in which were involved experts from the international art and architecture scenes.
The prestigious contemporary art collection of Francois Pinault, the accurate project of Tadao Ando, and the old, consolidated Venetian tradition of Palazzo Grassi are all elements which can evaluate this emblematic place not only for the city of Venice, but also for Italy and the entire international community.

Curator, Director, Minister of Culture... What are the guidelines of your cultural policy, and how much of your experience have you been able to bring to your new position?

Every position must have ad hoc guidelines, which are always in the interest and optical of quality cultural offers.
The principal aim is to evaluate contemporary art with respect for the tradition that has made Palazzo Grassi a promotor of expositions of great 20th century modern art and of the history of important civilizations.

by Mariachiara Marzari and Massimo Bran
Tr. Maria Fasolo
:venews june 2007
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