Olivier Meslay

Olivier Meslay

Olivier Meslay is Associate director of Curatorial affairs, Senior curator for European and American Art and the Barbara Thomas Lemmon Curator of European Art at the Dallas Museum of Art. From 1993 to 2006, he was curator at the Painting department at the Louvre in charge of British, Spanish and American Art. From 2006 to 2009, he was chief curator for the Louvre Lens Project. From 2003-2006, he was in Charge of the Louvre-Atlanta project. He curated exhibitions on British Art: D’outre Manche, British Art in French Public Collections, 1994, Constable, selected by Lucian Freud, 2002, British art in the collections of the Académie, William Hogarth at the Louvre, 2006-2007. He published extensively on British art and France. He also published on early relationship between American art and France and organized exhibitions on the same subject as, Les artistes américains et le Louvre, Paris, musée du Louvre, 2006. The same year, he released to the public La Fayette: Database of American Art - Works by United States artists from the French Public collections. This website, updated in 2010, offers more than 3000 files. He also published in 2013 for the Louvre the  « Catalogue des peintures britanniques, américaines et espagnoles du musée du Louvre ».

Since his move to Dallas he curated exhibitions like Chagall beyond ColorHotel Texas, An art exhibition for the President and Mrs John F. Kennedy and a 19th century european works of paper exhibition Mind’s eye.

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