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Author Laclotte, Michel.

Title A key to the Louvre : memoirs of a curator / Michel Laclotte ; translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti
Edition First edition
Published New York : Abbeville Press, 2004


Location Call no. Vol. Availability
 MELB  708.4361 Lac/Ktt  Unavailable C19
Description 368 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates ; color illustrations, portraits ; 24 cm
Summary "As an art historian, curator, teacher, and museum director, Michel Laclotte has played a starring role in the cultural life of contemporary France. His publications, exhibitions, and innovative museum programs have altered the course of contemporary art history. In this memoir, Laclotte reveals the special combination of qualities that made possible his extraordinary career: political savvy, impeccable scholarship, and an ironic but generous sensibility."
"Laclotte draws penetrating but balanced portraits of his mentors and contemporaries, together with backstage glimpses of the machinations of the international art world. His verbal portraits capture Andre Malraux, a Resistance hero and culture czar of postwar France, the masterful Italian art historian Roberto Longhi, Anthony Blunt, a connoisseur and Soviet spy, the great historian of Italian sculpture Sir John Pope-Hennessy, and many others. His recollections of encounters with the leaders of France from the 1970s to the 1990s, including Valery Giscard d'Estaing and Francois Mitterrand, illuminate the high-stakes interplay of art and politics behind France's unparalleled museum culture. Throughout his career, Laclotte has remained a spirited advocate for public access to the artistic riches of the Louvre and France's other great museums, benefiting present museum-goers and future generations."--BOOK JACKET
Notes Includes index
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references : pages 357-361
Notes Translation of: Histoires de musées
Subject Laclotte, Michel.
Mus[ee du Louvre
Louvre (Paris, France)
Art museum curators -- France -- Biography.
Art museums -- France -- History -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Author Polizzotti, Mark.
LC no. 2004052817
ISBN 0789208202 alkaline paper
Other Titles Histoires de musées. English
OTHER TI Histoires de musees