Director of the Musée National du Mali
Regional expertise: Africa
Special areas of interest/research: museum management, cultural heritage
Samuel Sidibé is the Director of the National Museum of Mali, and a leading advocate confronting the controversial issue of reclaiming works held in Northern countries. From 2001 to 2003, Sidibé performed a major rehabilitation and expansion programme of the National Museum. This expansion, in addition to offering more possibilities for exhibiting the Malian cultural heritage, is also in line with the National Museum’s policy of opening itself to contemporary creation. This policy took concrete form in the organisation of an important regional exhibition of contemporary art in 2007 that brought together artists coming from North Africa and the south of the Sahara. In 2007 the museum under Sidibé received the 2007 Prince Claus prize, awarded in recognition his efforts to fight illicit traffic of cultural goods.