Director of Palais de Tokyo
Art Historian, Emma Lavigne is graduated in History, Art and Architecture History at La Sorbonne University and Ecole du Louvre. She becomes curator at the Cité de la Musique in Paris in 2000, where she creates a pluridisciplinary programmation. She curates various exhibitions related to music, sound and contemporary art.
She joins the Pompidou Center in 2008 as a contemporary art curator. Since her nomination at Pompidou-Metz Center in 2015, Emma Lavigne has ensured the curating of exhibitions such as ‘Warhol Underground, Kimsooja – To Breathe’, ‘Musicircus, Oskar Schlemmer. L’homme qui danse, Jardin infini. De Giverny à l’Amazonie’ and ‘L’Aventure de la Couleur’. In 2018, she has also curated the exhibition entitled ‘Couples modernes’, realised in collaboration with Barbican Art Gallery in London. In 2019, she will be the curator of the exhibition Rebecca Horn, Théâtre des métamorphoses, in collaboration with the Tanguely Museum of Bali.
Emma Lavigne was the curator of the French Pavillon at the international biennale of contemporary art in Venezia in 2015 with the artist Céleste Boursier-Mougenot and their project ‘Rêvolutions’, offering a reflexion about the control systems of man and nature and hybridations notions. She also has been invited to curate the 14th Lyon Biennale ‘Mondes Flottants’, redefining the word “modern” in the context of an endless growing globalization, generating a constant mobility and a flux acceleration.
In July 2019 Emma Lavigne is nominated Director of Palais de Tokyo.
She is the first woman at the head of the main contemporary art center in France.