Ian Dejardin

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Ian A.C. Dejardin (b. 26 Aug 1955)[1] is an art historian and Director of the Dulwich Picture Gallery in Dulwich, southeast London, England.[2][3] He succeeded Desmond Shawe-Taylor as Director in 2005 and was previously a Chief Curator at the Gallery from 1998.[4]

Ian Dejardin holds an MA in the History of Art from the University of Edinburgh.[5] He started a doctorate in art history at the University of Warwick, but then spent seven years developing a designer knitwear business in Cumbria, which helped him "to break into the world of museum management."[6] Subsequently he completed a postgraduate diploma in art gallery and museum studies at Manchester University. This was followed by curatorial appointments at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, and with English Heritage (London Region).

In 1998, Dejardin was appointed as a curator at the Dulwich Picture Gallery and was responsible for the Gallery's Permanent Collection of paintings, furniture and works on paper. Dejardin became the Gallery's director in 2005 coordinating several major exhibitions on an annual basis. “My role is quite rare since I have moved from curator to director. I have to stand back from the curators. But I play a major role the choice and management of the exhibitions."[7]

Books by Ian Dejardin[edit]

  • Rembrandt to Gainsborough: Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery. With Desmond Shawe-Taylor and Giles Waterfield. Merrell Holberton Publishers, 1999.
  • Henry Moore: At the Dulwich Picture Gallery. With Ann Garrould and Anita Feldman Bennet. Scala Publishers, 2004. ISBN 978-1-85759-352-5.
  • The Dutch Italianates: 17th-Century Masterpieces from Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. Philip Wilson Publishers, 2008. ISBN 978-0-85667-657-4.
  • Dulwich Picture Gallery, London: Director's Choice. Scala Publishers, 2009. ISBN 978-1-85759-584-0.
Cultural offices
Preceded by
Desmond Shawe-Taylor
Director of Dulwich Picture Gallery
Succeeded by
current incumbent