Marie-Paule Jungblut is a distinguished public historian. She is known for her intellectual and practical leadership in pushing traditional museum boundaries, both in the subject of exhibitions and in the means used by museums to engage audiences, both in person and virtually. As chief curator of the Luxembourg City Historical Museum, she created many international traveling exhibitions. She also served as vice director of the Museums of the City of Luxembourg. Subsequently, Ms. Jungblut was director of the four historical museums of Basel from 2012 to 2015.
Ms Jungblut is well known for her willingness to approach difficult subjects as demonstrated by such exhibition titles as “Murder and Manslaughter: an exhibition about life,” and “Football Hallelujah,” which will open in Moscow in 2018 on the occasion of the World Cup. Working with historical museums from Finland, Germany and the United States, she has taken museums across the digital divide curating an international exhibition entitled “Explore Poverty.”
Representing her country abroad, Ms. Jungblut curated the permanent exhibition at the European Museum Schengen and an exhibition on the Schengen Agreements for the Luxembourg Pavilion at the 2010 World’s Fair in Shanghai. She has had leadership roles in the International Council of Museums (ICOM) and in 2004 was elected president of the International Committee of the Museums of Archaeology and History, a position she held for six years.
Currently, Ms. Jungblut is influencing the next generation of public historians and museum professionals through her work at the Universities of Luxembourg and Liège where she is teaching courses in public history and museology and expressing her innovative ideas through publications.