Born on November 29, 1954 in Paris, Bernard Blistène is Honorary Director of the Musée national d’art moderne-Centre Pompidou.
A graduate of the Institut d’art et d’archéologie-Panthéon Sorbonne, a graduate of the Ecole du Louvre and a curator of heritage, he was successively curator at the Musée national d’art moderne (1983-1990), director of the Musées de Marseille (1990-1997), deputy director of the Musée national d’art moderne (1997-2000), Inspector General of Artistic Creation at the French Ministry of Culture (2000-2007), director of the Department of Cultural Development at the Centre Pompidou (2007-2013), and director of the Musée national d’art moderne (2013-2021).
Author of more than a hundred monographic and thematic exhibitions, he also created in 2007, the New Festival of the Centre Pompidou and prepares for the Centre Pompidou in October 2021, the retrospective devoted to Georg Baselitz. Since May 2021, he has been president of the multidisciplinary commission program initiated by the President of the Republic as part of the Recovery Plan, entitled “New Worlds”.
Bernard Blistène was professor of contemporary art at the Louvre School from 1985 to 2005. He has published numerous monographs on contemporary art and has contributed to most French and foreign reviews on the subject.