Thierry Raspail Will Leave the MAC Lyon on April 13

Published: 2018/04/03

The Long-Time Director Departs from the Museum and Biennale


Thierry Raspail, founder and director of the Lyon MAC and the Biennale d’Art Contemporain, will give up his posts this month.


Thierry Raspail, director of Lyon’s Museum of Contemporary Art, will leave his post on Friday, April 13, along with his position as artistic director of the Biennale de Lyon.

Thierry Raspail, the director of the Lyon Museum of Contemporary Art and the Biennale d'Art Contemporain.

Raspail has served as the MAC Lyon’s director since its founding in 1984. ©Tony Noël

His successor at the museum will not be named until the summer, with an application process currently underway.

“I wish to express my infinite gratitude to all the artists and all the private and public partners who enabled the Museum to assemble its fabulous collection of art,” Raspail explained in his announcement.

A Long History in the Art World of Lyon

Raspail founded the MAC in 1984 and has served as its director ever since. He also founded the Biennial Festival of Contemporary Art, a four-month celebration that from its first installment in 1991 has grown into one of the foremost contemporary art festivals in the world.

“I especially want to thank you, the loyal public, you who have not ceased to grow and diversify over the course of the exhibitions of both the Museum and the Biennial,” Raspail wrote. “You have been an incredible inspiration in this quest for excellence and creativity.”

Raspail will not be leaving the art scene entirely: he is the curator of the MAC exhibition “Bernar Venet, Rétrospective,” to be unveiled on September 20.