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Opera Gallery Group names Isabelle de La Bruyère, Christie’s Auction house veteran, as first ever CEO

13 September 2023

September 2023, London - Gilles Dyan, Chairman and Founder of the Opera Gallery Group, is thrilled to appoint Isabelle de La Bruyère as the inaugural Chief Executive Officer of Opera Gallery Group. This appointment marks a significant milestone for Opera Gallery, which has witnessed steadfast growth and expansion under the leadership of its founder over the past three decades. The Opera Gallery Group boasts sixteen global locations, including New York, Miami, Bal Harbor, Aspen, London, Monaco, Geneva, Dubai, Beirut, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, and Madrid.

“We are thrilled to bring Isabelle de La Bruyère on board as the first CEO of Opera Gallery Group. As a globally recognized art expert, Isabelle is poised to guide our trajectory toward greater accomplishments in the years to come. We are indeed fortunate to have her expertise and invaluable insights into the nuances of the art market. With Isabelle’s vision and expertise, we are confident that Opera Gallery will play an even more significant role in the global art arena. We are excited to begin our collaborative journey with Isabelle” said Gilles Dyan.

Based in London, Isabelle de La Bruyère brings 30 years of experience in the art world to her new role of CEO at Opera Gallery Group, where she will oversee the group’s global operations, focusing on the augmentation of current and emerging markets and broadening the group’s influence. “I am delighted to join Opera Gallery Group and I look forward to working closely with Gilles and the teams, driving Opera Gallery to reach its full potential in the art marketplace.” said de La Bruyère


About Isabelle de La Bruyère 

Isabelle de La Bruyère joined Christie’s in London in 1998 after completing her postgraduate degree in 19th and 20th-century art while also working as a researcher for the Impressionist department at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. At Christie’s in London, Isabelle specialized as an Impressionist and Modern Art expert before leading the annual sales specialized in Ottoman and Orientalist Art.

In 2003, Isabelle shifted to the Client Advisory side of the business while still focusing on 19th and 20th-century art and assisting collectors in all other areas related to auctions and private sales. She spent much of her time focusing on the Middle East and eventually relocated to Dubai as the Middle East Director in 2008, playing a pivotal role in Christie’s business development in the region. Her travels took her from Lebanon to Saudi Arabia, meeting collectors and driving Christie’s activities in the region, including opening its first office in Dubai in 2005.

In 2013, she returned to London to reassemble and head up the Client Advisory department, covering Europe, Middle East, Russia and India (EMERI). From this position she has brought together her finely tuned skills and relationships to build collections with many of Christie’s top clients. In 2021, she took on the responsibility to head the Chairman’s Office & Client Advisory for the EMEA region at Christie’s. Finally, in September 2023, she was appointed CEO of the Opera Gallery Group.


About Opera Gallery 

Founded in 1994 with exhibition spaces in Singapore and Paris by French art dealer Gilles Dyan, Opera Gallery Group is comprised of sixteen galleries worldwide with additional locations in London, Geneva, Monaco, Hong Kong, Seoul, Singapore, Dubai, Beirut, Miami, New York, Aspen, and Madrid. Since its inception, the gallery has presented a program of major modern and contemporary works by predominantly established artists, showcasing its expansive collection of works in dialogue with a contemporary visual language. With an annual program of thought provoking exhibitions and art fair presentations, each gallery promotes a cross-cultural exchange of modern and contemporary creative visionaries.