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News: Louvre Atlanta alum Olivier Meslay heads for Dallas Museum of Art

We reported in June that curator Jeffrey Grove, the High Museum of Art’s modern and contemporary art curator, was leaving for the Dallas Museum of Art. Now we learn that another High alum, in a manner of speaking, is heading there too.

That would be Louvre Museum curator Olivier Meslay, who honcho’d Louvre Atlanta on the Paris side until he was asked to direct the development of Louvre Lens, a satellite in northern France.

Meslay is an expert in British, Spanish and American art — hardly the Louvre’s priorities. In fact, according to a database he developed, there are only 5,000 works from his areas of expertise in all of France. The Dallas museum owns nearly 4,000 works, including paintings, sculptures and works on paper. Quantity doesn’t trump quality, of course, but it does make for more to do.

The museum’s future senior curator of American and European art will also act as the primary curatorial representative of FRAME (French Regional and American Museum Exchange), a collaborative organization partnering 12 regional American museums with 12 regional French museums. He will begin in August.

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