Alexandra Suda, which will officially come into post on 18th April, a successor to Marc Mayer, who was the head of the NGC for the past 10 years.
The Toronto Alexandra Suda has been appointed as director general of the Musée des beaux-arts du Canada (MBAC), announced Wednesday the minister of canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez. Ms. Suda, who becomes the fourth woman to hold this role in the museum installed in Ottawa, hope to be able to ” open a window to the public “.
Ms. Suda, nicknamed Sasha, becomes the 11th person to assume the role of the d. g. of the NGC, which is a national museum. Its mandate will be for a duration of five years.
Photo: Craig Boyko
Alexandra Suda, new director general of the Musée des beaux-arts du Canada
The woman 38-year-old, who grew up in Toronto, holds a doctorate in art history from the Institute of Fine Arts of New York University. The one that started his career at the famous Metropolitan Museum of Art, in the Big Apple, already has a rich history in the world of art She worked until recently at the Museum of fine arts of Ontario (known under the acronym AGM), where she managed a team as the curator of european art, and where she was chair of the R. Fraser Elliott prints and drawings.
“This idea that art can be a window to a multitude of worlds became very clear to me during my passage at the AGM, explained in English Ms. Suda to the Duty. And strive to open that window to the public is very important for museum professionals today. “
If Ms. Suda advocates ” transparency and honesty “, his first important actions will be to appoint a deputy director and chief curator as well as a leader in the canadian Institute of photography.
Young women in power
Alexandra Suda, which will officially come into post on 18th April, a successor to Marc Mayer, who was the head of the NGC for the past ten years. The last woman who had occupied the general direction of the NGC was Shirley Thomson, 21 years ago.
The holder of the research Chair on governance of the museums and the law of the culture at UQAM, Yves Bergeron, recognizes exemplary careers of Ms. Suda and welcomes the presence of a woman at the head of this great museum.
There are many young women who take orders from institutions in Canada and elsewhere in the world, and who have paved the way
— Alexandra Suda
“All the more that if I look at here at the University — and it is the same elsewhere — those who finish in the history of art, and particularly in museology, 90% of women. “
The main interested judge “extraordinary” to have this new responsibility. “There are many young women who take orders from institutions in Canada and elsewhere in the world, and who have paved the way. Without forgetting the women of all ages. “
The case of Chagall
The NGC, which owns some 65,000 works of art, has had to juggle in 2018 with the controversial issue of the sale fallen through a canvas of Marc Chagall. Ms. Suda has not yet been able to access this folder to the internal, but was ” curious to know how the decisions were made and what practices have been followed “.
It is, however, pleased that this issue, which has caused much ink to flow has enabled the general public to better understand certain processes and realities of canadian museums.
“The museum has always been its credibility, writes Yves Bergeron. But it is necessary to restore trust, first with the citizens, but also a lot with the community of collectors in Canada. Because of the Law on the export and import of cultural property, which allows you to give tax credits, the museums must maintain very close ties with the collectors. Here, there is something that is “broken” in the last year. “
For the moment, Alexandra Suda was very eager to go delving into the museum’s reserves, not refusing the metaphor of the child in the candy store.
“Today, we did interviews in front of a painting of James Tissot the museum has recently acquired, just because I hadn’t had the chance to see it again. I was a little dizzy in front of the work ! “
By his own admission, the new director-general will also perfect his French. She has taught in primary and secondary education in the school system of ontario, and has used the language of Molière in several of its museum functions, particularly in medieval art.
“Our children are going to go to a francophone school, she confides in the Duty. And we spend a lot of time in Quebec, we have several friends who live there. The challenge is to take my French to another level to better communicate. “
The president of the board of directors of the Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Françoise Lyon, was honored and happy to see Alexandra Suda lead the institution, which will celebrate its 140 years in 2020. “Mrs. Suda is a curator internationally recognized which has organized several award-winning exhibitions that have registered in record numbers. […] It to fulfill the mandate of the Museum and develop new opportunities. “
In a tweet in English, the past director, Marc Meyer, has called the appointment of Ms. Suda ” good news “. “I can breathe again. And even smile ! It will be great [great], “he added.
“I am convinced that she will lead in the observance of the highest standards thanks to his exceptional talent, and that the canadian population will experience the pride of this institution in the national artistic “, for its part, stated minister Pablo Rodriguez.