David Liot is the new Director of museums and heritage in Dijon

The question on everyone's mind during the annual meeting of FRAME in Dijon during November 2014 was, who will succeed Sophie Jugie¹, now at the Louvre, as the director of the Dijon Museum of Fine Arts? As of April 1st, 2015, David Liot, conservateur général du patrimoine, took the helm of the institution as the Directeur des musées et du patrimoine de Dijon (Director of the Museums and Heritage of Dijon).

After teaching for 12 years, David Liot returned to university to study art history.  He graduated from the University of Paris I Panthéon - Sorbonne and the École du Louvre specializing in nineteenth and twentieth century art.  He placed first after the competitive exam of Conservateur d’État du patrimoine.  Then he joined the prestigious École nationale du Patrimoine (now Institut national du Patrimoine) whose training gave him the opportunity of an internship at the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Before joining Dijon, David Liot was curator at the Centre de Recherche et de Restauration des Musées de France in Versailles (Research and Restoration Center of the Musées de France (1996-1999) and then director of the Reims Museum of Fine Arts (1999-2015) where he created a dialogue between the collections and the history of the city highlighting the art of the twentieth century in Reims.

Among the many exhibitions he organized in Reims several are important: Jours de guerre et de paix, regard franco-allemand sur l'art 1910-1925 (2014 - Days of War and Peace, Franco-German View on the Art 1910-1925), Les Arts de l'effervescence, Champagne! (2012-2013 - The Art of Effervescence, Champagne!), Années folles, années d'ordre, l'Art Déco de Reims à New York (2006 - The Roaring Twenties, Years of Order, Art Deco from Reims to New York).  Each received the labele of "Exhibition of national interest" by the Ministry of Culture and Communication in France.

David is now the director of five city museums² and the "Ville d'art et d'histoire³" department in Dijon.  He is preparing a major project to give the Museums of Dijon a strong common identity which will strenghten the cultural importantance of the capital of the Dukes of Burgundy. He will also oversee the second and third phases of renovation of the Dijon Museum of Fine Arts (2015-2019).

FRAME welcomes David Liot to the network and wishes him the best in his new role.


¹ Sophie Jugie directed the Dijon Museum of Fine Arts from 2004 to 2013. She is Director of the Department of sculptures of the Louvre since March 1st, 2014. During the interim period, Matthieu Gilles, conservateur en chef du patrimoine in charge of the collections of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and of the Department of Drawings, was the Acting Director of the museum.

² The Musée des beaux-arts de Dijon, the Musée archéologique, the Musée de la vie bourguignonne, the Musée d’art sacré and the Musée Rude.

³ The label of "Ville d’art et d’histoire" was awarded to Dijon in 2008 by the Ministry of Culture and Communication. It distinguishes territories and cities with a remarkable historical and architectural heritage whose conservation, knowledge and preservation of the living environment are assured in an active and exemplary manner.