The future director of the New National Museum of Monaco (NMNM) was officially announced in the Principality on June 17th. He will begin the role on April 1st 2021.

Björn Dalhström, former director of the Yves Saint Laurent Museums in Marrakech and Paris, will succeed Marie-Claude Beaud at the head of the NMNM from April 2021. The Art Historian, a graduate of the École du Louvre, visited Monaco for the first time in 2007 due to his patronage of a particular artwork here. “Since the appointment of Marie-Claude Beaud, whom I have known for a long time, I have followed the programming of this venue very closely,” he explained to Monaco Info.

Respecting his predecessor while keen to stand out

The current director and Björn Dalhström have known each other for about 20 years, something which will ensure a smooth succession. “It’s the first time I’ve ever walked in someone’s footsteps. It couldn’t be better for me because it’s someone I know well, there’s a real transmission, real generosity in passing on information,” he added.

Until now, Dalhström had been involved in curating several museums but had never been charged with taking over or succeeding a previous role. “I will try to maintain the current level of excellence, to be worthy of the role while bringing elements of my own personality.” The future director confided that he already has ideas in the areas of fashion, contemporary art and the environment.