The noted curator Dr. Xavier Bray, whose appointment as next director of The Wallace Collection in London has just been announced, is a Ph.D graduate of Trinity College, Dublin. He is currently Chief Curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery. Dr. Bray, who was born in 1972 and holds British and French citizenship, was guest curator of the acclaimed Goya: The Portraits exhibition at the National Gallery in London, where he began his career as assistant curator. He worked for one year with Sotheby’s.
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.
Xavier Bray said: “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”.