António Horta Osório, the Chairman of the Wallace Collection is very pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Xavier Bray as the next Director of the Wallace Collection.
Dr Bray, currently the Chief Curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and recently the Guest Curator of the acclaimed Goya: The Portraits exhibition at the National Gallery will have a handover period in September with Dr Christoph Vogtherr, before Dr Vogtherr’s departure to become the Director of Germany’s Hamburger Kunsthalle.
After completing a Ph.D at Trinity College, Dublin, Dr Bray began his career as Assistant Curator at the National Gallery, London, and as Chief Curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Bilbao before taking up his current post in 2011 at Dulwich Picture Gallery. He has curated and co-curated a number of exhibitions, which include: A Brush with Nature: The Gere Collection of Oil Sketches, An Intimate Vision: Women Impressionists, El Greco, Caravaggio, Velazquez, The Sacred Made Real: Spanish Painting and Sculpture 1600-1700, Murillo and Justino de Neve: The Art of Friendship and most recently, Goya: The Portraits.
Dr Bray said that “The Wallace Collection is one of the most distinguished collections in London, and a place where one can enjoy an intimate relationship with great art. I am tremendously excited and deeply honoured to be taking on the role of Director of such an august institution. I look forward to working with the staff in continuing and expanding its role as a national collection”.
António Horta Osório said that “I am delighted we have made such a high calibre appointment and I look forward to welcoming Dr Bray and to working with him as we continue to ensure the financial stability of the museum. The museum has made huge progress under the leadership and direction of Dr Vogtherr and I am certain that this will continue with the arrival of Dr Bray.”
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