Isabelle Dubois-Brinkmann takes the helm of Mulhouse museums

Until now a resident at the National Institute of Art History (Inha) in Paris, Isabelle Dubois-Brinkmann (52 years old) has been director of the municipal museums of Mulhouse since the beginning of January: the Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum historical. She succeeds Joël Delaine, who retired during the summer of 2023.

A return to familiar territory for the woman who was chief curator of the two museums from 2014 to 2019. She then actively participated in the redesign and enrichment of the Museum of Fine Arts during its extension work in 2017 She had also organized several temporary exhibitions there, such as the retrospective “Véronique Filozof (1904-1977)” (2017) or “Landscapes 1830-1940: forests, mountain pastures and shores” (2019).

After studying art history at the École du Louvre and German at the University of Paris III, Isabelle Dubois-Brinkmann defended a thesis entitled “The critical fortune of the German Primitives in France (1800-1914) » at the University of Strasbourg in 2002.

From 2004 to 2010, she was the curator of ancient paintings and sculptures at the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon. In particular, she curates the exhibition “Nicolas Poussin. The Flight into Egypt, 1657” (2008). She then obtained the position of curator of the Museum of Fabric Printing in Mulhouse and the Wallpaper Museum in Rixheim, two positions that she assumed simultaneously on a part-time basis from 2010.

After having been curator of the Museum of Fine Arts and the Historical Museum of Mulhouse from 2014 to 2019, she left Alsace for Paris and became a resident at Inha (2019-2023), where she directed the “Repertoire des Germanic paintings from French collections (1370-1550)” (REPEG).

The Mulhouse Museum of Fine Arts was inaugurated in 1864 and has been housed in an 18th century mansion since 1964. It presents a collection of works ranging from the 15th to the 20th century and gives pride of place to painting from the 1860s -1914 as well as regional artists, devoting an entire room to the painter Jean-Jacques Henner (1829-1905).

The Mulhouse Historical Museum is located in the old Town Hall. Created in 1858, it traces the history of Mulhouse and the region from prehistory to the present day, with collections composed, among other things, of objects, furniture, costumes, tools, toys, plans and portraits.

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