The artistic committee members


Daria de Beauvais is Senior Curator at the Palais de Tokyo (Paris). She is co-curator of the 15th Lyon Bienniale in 2019 with Palais de Tokyo’s curatorial team. Previously, her experience has included work with institutions (the Biennale and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection in Venice; the Museum of Modern Art and Independent Curators International in New York) and galleries (Zlotowski, Paris; Alessandra Bonomo, Rome; Lili Marleen, New York). She is also a freelance curator (Paris, Rotterdam, and Chicago). She regularly sits on various committees and juries, writes for a number of magazines and publications and lectures at the university. Amongst her recent exhibitions at the Palais de Tokyo: “Angelica Mesiti – When Doing is Saying” (2019), “Laure Prouvost – Ring, Sing and Drink for Trespassing” (2018), “Carte Blanche to Camille Henrot – Days are Dogs” (2017) and “Mika Rottenberg” (2016).


Former student of the École Nationale des Chartres (Lenoir thesis prize) and of the Institut National du Patrimoine (INP/Heritage Officer – State/Museums), Doctor of contemporary history from Sciences Po – Paris (Chaix d’Est Ange prize of the Académie des Sciences morales et politiques), accredited to supervise research at the EPHE, Agnès Callu is a historian and an art historian. Researcher at the Institut ACTE (Arts, Creations, Theories, Aesthetics), Université Paris I Panthéon – Sorbonne / CNRS, she is a research associate at the École nationale des Chartes (Centre Jean-Mabillon / PSL), at the École pratique des hautes études (HISTARA Team) and at ITEM/ENS (Processus de création / Genèse de l’œuvre team).In particular,she published in 2016 Gaëtan Picon, les Lettres et les Arts : dans l’atelier de la création [pref. Jean-Michel Leniaud], (Champion Edition) and Autopsie du musée : étude de cas (1880-2010) [pref. Roland Recht], (CNRS Edition). She has recently published in 2018 Culture et élites locales en France (1947-1989) [pref. Jean-Louis Fabiani] (CNRS Edition), Le Mai 68 des historiens, [pref. Patrick Boucheron],Presses universitaires du Septentrion and with Roland Recht, L’Historien de l’art: Conversation dans l’atelier (L’Atelier contemporain). Since January 2019, she manages, at the Gourcuff-Gardenigo editions, a collection entitled « Le Dessin au Présent ».


Founder of SAM Art Projets, Sandra Hegedüs was born in São Paulo, Brasil. She studied philosophy and film at the FAAP of São Paulo. In the beginning of the 80’s, she produced many performances as an artistic activist of the Paulist scene. She arrived in France in 1990 and developed a considerable portfolio of film documentaries and reports. Sandra’s taste for art led her to begin her collection of contemporary art in 2005. Her desire to play a more important role in aiding artistic creation naturally led her to patronage. She created SAM Art Projects with her husband in 2009 with the goal of supporting contemporary art by both promoting the work of foreign artists in France and of French artists abroad through the yearly attribution of a prize and a residency program. In 2013, SAM Art Projects became a nonprofit association, founded and supported by Sandra Hedegüs.


Elsy Lahner is curator for contemporary art at the Albertina Museum in Vienna since 2011. Working as a freelance curator before, she was founding and running an artspace for young art, das weisse haus, in Vienna from 2007 till 2011. Her recent projects were a survey exhibition on contemporary drawing, “Drawing Now: 2015”, the exhibition “Keith Haring: The Alphabet” (2018) she curated together with Dieter Buchhart, and  huge retrospectives on the Austrian artists Florentina Pakosta (2018) and Herman Nitsch (2019). Currently, she is preparing an exhibition with drawings from the Guerlain collection that are part of their donation to the Centre Pompidou.


Historian and art critic, independent exhibitions curator, Philippe Piguet has been in charge of the program of the Chapel of the Visitation in Thonon-les-Bains (74) since 2008; he is also the chief curator of the Normandie Impressionniste 2020 festival. Since 2002, he has regularly collaborated with the magazine art absolument, as well as a punctual collaboration with art press. He is the author of numerous texts of catalogues and he has developed a significant activity of conferences – on the one hand his field of study is about impressionism, on the other hand it is about contemporary art as it has developed since the 1960s.