Estelle Pietrzyk

Director, Strasbourg Modern and Contemporary Art Museum

A graduate of the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in Toulouse, Estelle focused her dissertation on the cinema, especially the French Nouvelle Vague. She then studied culture and communication and visual arts at Lancaster University (UK). Back in France, she obtained a Master’s degree in Art History, working on the French contemporary artist, Sam Szafran and his links to cinema and photography. While a student, she worked in several Parisian museums such as the Musée Rodin and the Musée Picasso, taking part in the organization of several exhibitions  (« Rodin en 1900 », « Rodin et le Japon », « Vincenc Kramar, théoricien du cubisme », etc.).

Admitted to the curators competition at the Institut National du Patrimoine, she completed internships at the Cultural Department of Nantes, at the Musée National des Arts et Métiers, at the Museum of Modern Art of Lille Métropole (she takes part to the exhibition « Robert Filliou, Génie sans talent » and a few projects about Outsider Art) and at the Chicago Art Institute, Prints and Drawings Department. This last work experience gave her the opportunity to discover American museums (in Chicago, New York, Cleveland, Milwaukee, etc.) and private collections.

From 2003 to 2007, she was responsible for an ambitious project: the creation of a new museum devoted to Pierre Soulages, in Rodez, the artist’s hometown which received a significant donation. She organized the architectural competition which will be won by the Catalan team, RCR. Since 2008, she has been the director of the Musée d’Art Moderne et Contemporain of Strasbourg where she provides the expertise for different exhibitions: Silences, un propos de Marin Karmitz (2008), Soulages, le Temps du Papier (2009), De Leur Temps 3, 10 ans de création en France : le Prix Marcel Duchamp (2010), Richard Deacon, The Missing Part (2010), Franck Scurti, Works of Chance (2011), Le Goût de la Nature (2011), L’Europe des Esprits ou la fascination de l’occulte (2011), Pièces Montrées, les 30 ans des FRAC (2013).