Jean-David Malat

Director, Opera Gallery London London
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Jean-David Malat

Jean-David initiated the  opening  of  the  London  branch  of  Opera  Gallery  in  2005  where  he  is  now  the  current director of  one  of  eleven  branches  across  the  world.  He  is also well-known as  an  art  dealer  and  personal  advisor  to  an  array  of  important  individuals  and  families  from  all  walks  of  life  –  ranging  from  fashion  VIPs  to  politicians  and  members  of  the  Royal  family.

While  working  at  Opera  Gallery  Jean-David  has  achieved  a  great  deal,  including  redesigning  and  redeveloping  the  art-on-display  of  Paris’  Mogador  theatre  for  it’s  opening  in  2007  and  again  for  Madrid’s  Teatro  Lope  de  Vega  in  2011. Jean-David  also  collaborated  with  The  Heydar  Aliyev  Center  and  the  Fonds  de  Dotation  Bernard  Buffet  in  presenting  the  first  Bernard  Buffet  museum  retrospective  in  Baku,  Azerbaijan  in  2014. 

Keeping  true  to  his  love  for  contemporary  art,  he  is  always  on  the  look-out  for  new  talents  across  the  world  –  be  it  painters,  sculptors  or  photographers.            

Q&A

If there was one piece of art you could feature in, which would it be and why?

My favourite artist is Marc Chagall, to view his work is like to be inside a dream, full of life and colour. I would choose 'Mariés au Village' (1969).

Who inspires you and why? An artist, a family member, someone current or historical?

My young son Joshua is 5 years old. He is a real inspiration, so passionate about art, sculpture and drawing.

What are your cultural aspirations? What do you still want to see, do and achieve?

I have a very close relationship with my artists, I need to be around them meeting them often, going to their studios. I have a need to go to museum exhibitions, art fairs and to travel the world, I think that is true aspiration.

What are your favourite cultural cities in the world and why?

Where I came from, Paris! It is for me the top of the top in terms of culture, art, architecture etc..

What are you up to at the moment and where can we find it?

For now I am working on few projects. I just finished a great exhibition with hyper-realist artist Mike Dargas in London and working on my upcoming shows in London for 2017. I am also preparing a great exhibitions with up coming Korean artists.

Jean-David Malat's
2016 nominees

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture

Exhibition of the Year Tate Modern, London
Heydar Aliyev Center

Heydar Aliyev Center

Museum Architecture of the Year Baku
Pharmacy 2

Pharmacy 2

Museum Restaurant of the Year Newport Street Gallery, London
Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern (opening 2018)

Picasso 1932 – Love, Fame, Tragedy at Tate Modern (opening 2018)

Museum Shop of the Year London
Musée du Louvre

Musée du Louvre

Digital Museum of the Year Paris