Béatrice QUETTE

Head of the Educational and Cultural Department - Musée des Arts Décoratifs

Béatrice Quette

Béatrice Quette graduated from the Ecole du Louvre and the Sorbonne University and is now Head of Education at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Paris. She is working on the development of programs for students and adult audiences, and has built up partnerships with universities and applied arts schools to encourage access for the widest range of publics. Since 2014, she has been Curator of the Asian Collections, curating exhibitions in France, Europe or the United States. She likes to promote the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in curatorial and educational fields, for example through the Hands-on Sessions at the Musée des Arts Décoratifs. This exceptional program was created in 2013 for the European Night of Museums, and has run every year since then. It is also available for groups. Five to seven objects are taken out of the storage rooms providing a unique opportunity (in France) to handle objects from the Museum’s collection. Guides or curatorial staff from the Museum explain the context of each object and answer questions. There are different themes : what is it made of ?, how about ceramics ?, Asian lacquer and its European imitation.

Session Title: What conditions are necessary to ensure the transmission of knowledge and know-how?

If the notion of transmission is often associated with that of heritage, and hence with the incurring risk of repetition or of being pointless, it also transcends the idea of donation as it questions its significations, as well as the implication of its actors. The act of transmission takes place in a context which is at once a material, cultural, economic and ideological one, and which contributes, in the eyes of the receiver, to the ‘construction’ of the information that he/she is supposedly being transmitted. It is in this multifaceted context that the relationship between the receiver, his/her existing knowledge, and the transmitter, come into play.