Bray to head Wallace

Xavier Bray, chief curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery, is to be the next director of the Wallace Collection. He will succeed Christoph Vogtherr in September.

 

Dr Vogtherr, who is to return to Germany to run the Hamburger Kunsthalle, will have served five years since taking over from Dame Rosalind Saville, has continued the refurbishment she began, completing the Great Gallery, and seeing a 20% increase in visitor numbers. He has also been outspoken in his criticism of the attitude of civil servants and politicians to the contribution of museums to “the health of society and the well-being of its citizens”, and a fixation on tourist visits and income generation.

The new director was the guest curator for the National Gallery’s recent Goya: The Portraits exhibition. He has led the Dulwich gallery since 2011, before which he was chief curator at the Bilbao Museum of Fine Arts.

Wallace chair Antonio Horta Osorio, the banker appointed directly by the Prime Minister last year, said he looked forward to working with Bray “as we continue to ensure the financial stability of the museum”.

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