­Foreigner to become Louvre Museum’s new chief?

The Louvre Museum (RIA Novosti / Alexandra Masaltseva)

The Louvre Museum (RIA Novosti / Alexandra Masaltseva)

The French authorities are considering the option of hiring a non-French citizen for the post as head of one of France’s most prestigious museums.

The measure comes as the museum’s budget for 2013 will be reduced by Hollande’s administration, Bloomeberg reports. This means that the new Louvre director will have to attract investors, hence he or she will need to have broad international contacts and experience of finance.  

The new chief of Louvre will also be curating exhibitions, managing the staff. He will also need to know about the peculiarities of the French government system, be fluent in the French language and have work experience in one of the world’s top museums or culture centers.

The vacancy has opened after the present museum director Henri Loirette, who has served at the post for 12 years, announced his intention to quit the job in December 2012.

The museum needs to find a new chief before May 2013.

In 2013 the French budget cut spending by 10 billion Euros. The country’s culture budget was axed by 2,3 per cent compared to the previous year.

No other foreigner has ever headed the Louvre. Only one foreign citizen, German historian Werner Schpies has headed the National Museum of Modern Art at the Georges Pompidou Center in Paris, between 1997 and 2000.