Robert Blaizeau, new director of Rouen museums

Robert Blaizeau (32 years old) took up his duties as director of the eleven museums of the Réunion des musées métropolitains Rouen Normandie (RMM), Monday August 28. He succeeds Sylvain Amic more than a year after the latter’s departure for the office of Minister of Culture Rima Abdul Malak, where he is advisor on museums, crafts, design and fashion.

A graduate of the Sorbonne and the École du Louvre, Robert Blaizeau was a student at the National Heritage Institute. Now deputy general director of services for the city of Rouen since January 2021, he was the youngest heritage curator in France when he was appointed head of the Saint-Lô museums in 2015, which he led for six years. He also worked on the Normandy Impressionist festival and on obtaining the Unesco “Creative City” label (in the field of gastronomy). Since 2021, he has been preparing Rouen’s candidacy as European Capital of Culture 2028.

Robert Blaizeau will continue the mission of his predecessor, who worked to strengthen the national and international reputation of the museum network. He will supervise the renovation project of the Museum of Antiquities and the Museum of Natural History of Beauvoisine – which should be completed in 2028 – and the cultural programming for 2024.

The RMM brings together 11 museums in the territory of the Rouen Normandy Metropolis: the Rouen Museum of Fine Arts, the Rouen Natural History Museum, the Rouen Museum of Antiquities, the Ceramics Museum, the Le Secq Museum of Tournelles, the Knowledge Factory located in Elbeuf, the Pierre Corneille Museum located in Petit Couronne, the Corderie Vallois Industrial Museum in Notre-Dame-de-Bondeville, the Flaubert and History of Medicine Museum in Rouen, the Pavilion Flaubert in Croisset-Canteleu and the birthplace of Pierre Corneille in Rouen.

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