Guillaume Désanges (born in 1971) was appointed President of the Palais de Tokyo in February 2022. Based in Paris, he has been an art critic and independent curator for fifteen years. He is the director of Work Method, an independent production structure that develops international exhibition and conference projects. He was appointed artistic director of the Salon de Montrouge in 2021.
Between 2001 and 2007, he coordinated the artistic project of the Laboratoires d’Aubervilliers; from 2009 to 2011, he was a guest curator of the Centre d’art Le Plateau-Frac Île-de-France (Paris) for the Érudition Concrète cycle. He was part of the editorial board of Trouble Magazine, collaborated with publishers Exit Express and Exit Book magazines (Madrid), and taught at the Ecole nationale supérieure d’art de Paris-Cergy, Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne University and the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts de Lyon. He is also behind the project La Méthode Room, a residency program in Chicago.
He developed several projects for conferences (The Dark Side of the Form, A History of Performance in 20 Minutes, Signs and Wonders, Vox Artisti, Art: A History of Violence) and readings. From 2013 to 2023, he was the curator of La Verrière - Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, in Brussels; in 2021, he was appointed artistic director of the Salon de Montrouge, with Coline Davenne. Guillaume Désanges organized several exhibitions in France and abroad, including recently: Myriam Mihindou, ÉPIDERME, La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Brussels, 2022; Tactics of Augmented Dreams, La
Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Brussels, 2022; Lucy McKenzie, Buildings in Belgium, Buildings in Oil, La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Brussels, 2022; Majd Abdel Hamid, A Stitch in Times, La Verrière, Fondation d’entreprise Hermès, Bruxelles, 2021; Dance and Ritual, Centre National de la Danse, Pantin, 2021; and mountaincutters, Signs of Primal Breath.