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Director, Christie’s Middle East, London

Catherine Cariou Isabelle de La Bruyère joined Christie’s London in 1997 after getting her post-graduate diploma in 19th and 20th Century art, whilst simultaneously working as a researcher for the Impressionist department of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At Christie’s London, de La Bruyère specialized in Impressionist and Modern Art as an expert, before heading the specialist annual sales of Ottoman and Orientalist Art. In 2003, de La Bruyère moved to the Client Advisory side of the business. In the last five years, she has concentrated on the Middle East, expanding Christie’s presence and business in the region. She has organised many important exhibitions of jewellery and art, charity auctions, and has helped Christie’s Dubai achieve record-breaking auction prices for both Modern and Contemporary art and jewellery auctions since 2006. As both an advisor for buyers and sellers, she has been instrumental in forming and selling important collections worldwide, bringing single-owner sales to Christie’s and works of art that have set world auction record prices.

Curator, Department of Collections, Direction of Museums of France, Paris

Sukaiyna Gokal Currently in charge of computerisation, digitalisation and databases for public French collections, Dominique Dupuis-Labbé is a specialist of 20th art. She worked as curator at the Musée de l'Orangerie, from 1992- 1995 and the Musée Picasso from 1995- 2005, in Paris. She has curated several exhibitions in Paris and other countries including ‘Picasso Engravings, 1900-1942’ and ‘Picasso, Passion for drawings’ in Paris, ‘Picasso and Circus’ in Barcelona, ‘The World of Picasso’ in Taipeï, ‘Picasso, a retrospective’ in Sao Paulo, ‘Picasso and Classicism’ in Tokyo, and the next one, in 2010, for Picasso museum in Malaga, ‘Picasso and Horses’. She wrote many books and articles on Picasso, the last one was about ‘Les Demoiselles d'Avignon’, Picasso's masterpiece. She was appointed in 2000, as chair of Modern Art at l’Ecole du Louvre, in Paris, giving lectures on Picasso, Kandinsky, Mondrian, Malevitch and Marcel Duchamp.

University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland, Institute of Visual Communication/The Basel School of Design, Basel

Saleh Barakat After studying philosophy and art history in Germany and Switzerland, Nicolaj van der Meulen did his PhD on the subject of time and time experience in Cubism, which he completed in 1998. Subsequently, he wrote his post-doctoral thesis on late baroque architecture while teaching at the University of Basel, Switzerland, and published articles on art history from the late 18th to the late 20th century. Since 2007, van der Meulen has been working as a professor at the Basel School of Design at the famous Institute of Graphic Design and Visual Communication. There, he has taught international masters programmes on the history and theory of images, and is likewise involved in various research projects in areas such as documentary photography, the history of visual communication and the power and economic impact of images. In addition, he works as a curator in private Swiss art collections and has given VIP guided tours since 1999 at the Basel Art Fair.

Curator in Charge at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Saleh BarakatGary Tinterow, Engelhard Curator in Charge of Nineteenth-century, Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, is widely regarded as one of the most active and influential curators in the United States. A native of Houston, Texas, he studied art history and museum studies at Harvard University, where, as a graduate student he organized two major, prize-winning exhibitions, "Master Drawings by Picasso" for Harvard, Chicago, and Philadelphia, and, with Douglas Cooper, "The Essential Cubism" for the Tate Gallery, London. As a curator at the Metropolitan Museum since 1983, he has organized some of the Metropolitan's most acclaimed and popular exhibitions, devoted to French artists from Ingres and Corot to Degas and Seurat. With the Musée d'Orsay he organized a series of thematic exhibitions: "Origins of Impressionism" in 1994, "Manet/Velázquez: The French Taste for Spanish Painting" in 2003, and "Cézanne to Picasso: Ambroise Vollard, Patron of the Avant-garde" in 2006. For his service to French culture he has been made an Oficier of the Ordre des Arts et Lettres and a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur

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