Ex-pat named director of AGNSW - Art Collector

Michael Brand.

13 February 2012 | Michael Brand is returning to Australia to take up the directorship of the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Brand, an Australian, was the assistant director of curatorial and collection development at the Queensland Art Gallery from 1996 to 2000, and prior to that was an Asian art curator at the National Gallery of Australia.

Lately he has been based in North America. He was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles for five years, earning a reputation for major acquisitions including works by Paul Gaugin and Claude Lorrain. Most recently he has been working on the Aga Khan Museum project, a new art museum due to open in Toronto in 2013.

Brand is enthusiastic about the future opportunities for AGNSW. “The board of trustees presented me with a highly compelling vision of the gallery’s future,” he says. “While they are rightly focused on serving their primary audience and promoting Australian art, they are also resolutely international in their approach to art and culture.”

He will take up the position in mid-2012 after finishing his consultancy work for the Aga Khan Museum. Anne Flanagan will continue as acting director of AGNSW in the meantime.


Jane O'Sullivan


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