The calm in front of the Jacquemart-André Museum in Paris is deceptive.
On February 10, Chancellor Xavier Darcos and the six permanent secretaries of the Institut de France, owner of the museum, will have on their table the applications of companies ready to manage this flagship place until 2029. This private mansion filled with treasures, including paintings by Fragonard and Rembrandt, is one of the most prestigious museums in the capital.
However, behind its wooded walls, a psychodrama is being played out with the Court of Auditors.
In a scathing report published in 2021, the magistrates are surprised at the longevity of a concession - twenty-eight years for Culturespaces - whose
"control has been distant and incomplete".
For Laurent Petitgirard, permanent secretary of the Academy of Fine Arts,
“we were a little too lax, we are a little late but on a healthier basis”.
Traumatized by the reproaches of the Court of Auditors, the Institute limited the new contract to five years and estimates that the visitors will spend…
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