The board of directors of the Jeu de Paume
and its chairman Alain Dominique Perrin have unanimously appointed Quentin Bajac as director of the Jeu de Paume.
He takes over from Marta Gili, who was director of the Jeu de Paume from 2006 to 2018. The quality and coherence of Marta Gillis programmes is widely acknowledged; she presented 180 monographic and thematic exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography, as well as video and online creation.
Born in 1965, a graduate of the Institut dÉtudes Politiques de Paris and the Institut National du Patrimoine, Quentin Bajac became curator of photography at the Musée dOrsay in 1995, before moving to the Pompidou Centre in 2003. He held the chair in the History of Photography at École du Louvre, then in 2010 he was appointed Head of the Photography Department at the Pompidou Centre. He has curated various modern and contemporary photo exhibitions, including William Klein (2005), La Subversion des images: Surréalisme, photographie, film (2009), and Voici Paris: Modernités photographiques, 19201950The Christian Bouqueret collection (2012).
From 2013 to 2018, Quentin Bajac was Head Curator for Photography at MoMA. He organised A World of Its Own: Photographic Practices in the Studio (2014), Scenes for a New Heritage: Contemporary Art from the Collection (2015) and, most recently, Stephen Shore (2018). He was co-curator of the exhibition Being Modern: MoMA in Paris, at Fondation Louis Vuitton (2017).
Quentin Bajac has written many books, including: Parr by Parr: Quentin Bajac meets Martin Parr:
(2010), Brassaï, Paris nocturne with Sylvie Aubenas (2013) and Robert Doisneau: Pêcheur dimages (2012). He is also the author of a three-volume history of photography (Découvertes Gallimard, 2000-2010). He has written articles on photographers and artists who used photography such as Alexander Calder, Man Ray, Lucien Hervé, Henri CartierBresson, Luigi Ghirri, Karen Knorr, Mimmo Jodice, Lise Sarfati, Hiroshi Sugimoto and Luc Delahaye.