Though a private entity, France Muséums is unusual in that it has public sector shareholders, the largest of which is the Louvre Museum. This particular configuration—a private organisation with public backing—means that France Muséums is able to support all kinds of projects, whoever their initiators may be.


The passion shared by the developers of a cultural project must be accompanied by a highly rigorous approach. Rigour and passion are not mutually exclusive: on the contrary, they are complementary and mutually enriching.
Our job is to combine them in order to nurture ecosystems that highlight artistic accomplishments and make them accessible to the widest possible audience.”

Hervé Barbaret, CEO

A graduate of the ENA civil service college, Hervé Barbaret has occupied senior management posts in the French and international arts sector for over fifteen years. He has contributed to many high-profile French and international cultural projects as Deputy Director General of the Cité de l’Architecture et du Patrimoine, General Administrator of Musée du Louvre, Director of the Mobilier National, Director of the Manufacture des Gobelins, the Manufacture de Beauvais and the Manufacture de la Savonnerie, and General Secretary of the French Ministry of Culture. Hervé Barbaret is actively involved in promoting and disseminating French museum expertise.


The France Muséums board brings together three qualified public figures and six public cultural organizations shareholders. Chaired by Sandra Lagumina, Deputy CEO of Méridiam, it oversees the implementation of France Muséums’ activities, in particular France’s commitments to Louvre Abu Dhabi and the promotion of French museum expertise and know-how. The following personalities and representatives sit on the Board of Directors:

  • Sandra Lagumina, Deputy CEO of Méridiam
  • Yves Saint-Geours, President of the French National Commission at UNESCO
  • Christian Giacomotto, Chairman of the Board of Managing Partners of Gimar Finance
  • Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of Musée du Louvre
  • Laurence des Cars, President of Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie
  • Chris Dercon, President of Réunion des Musées Nationaux et du Grand Palais
  • Laurence Engel, President of Bibliothèque nationale de France
  • Serge Lasvignes, President of Centre Pompidou
  • Emmanuel Kasarhérou, President of Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
  • Anne-Solène Rolland, Head of Service des Musées de France (SMF), French Ministry of Culture
  • Michel Miraillet, Director of Culture, Education and International Development, French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs
  • Maxence Langlois-Berthelot, Managing Director of Musée du Louvre
  • Alberto Vial, Diplomatic Advisor of Musée du Louvre

Scientific Council

The Scientific Council of France Muséums is chaired by Jean-Luc Martinez, President of Musée du Louvre. It is a consultative body which supports the development and the monitoring of the curatorial and cultural projects of France Muséums. The Scientific Council brings together the following members :

  • Jean-Luc Martinez, President-Director of Musée du Louvre
  • Claire Barbillon, Director of Ecole du Louvre
  • Emmanuel Kasarhérou, President of Musée du Quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
  • Marie Lavandier, Director of Musée du Louvre Lens
  • Yannick Lintz, Director of the Islamic Art Department at Musée du Louvre
  • Vincent Pomarède, Deputy Managing Director at Musée du Louvre
  • Sylvie Ramond, Director of the Museum of Fine Arts of Lyon
  • Anne-Solène Rolland, Head of Service des Musées de France (SMF), French Ministry of Culture
  • Juliette Trey, Deputy Director of Studies and Research, French National Institute of Art History (INHA)