Directors in conversation
With Michael Brand and Michel Draguet
Join Art Gallery of NSW Director Michael Brand for a conversation with the Director of the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Michel Draguet. Together they’ll discuss the six institutions that make up the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, the importance and purpose of collections and how to revitalise them. They will also examine the opening of the Magritte Museum in 2009 reflecting on its first 10 years, the broader picture of Belgian art and how they reach audiences both in Europe and globally.
Michel Draguet is Director of the Royal Fine-Arts Museum of Belgium since 2005. He was Director of the Royal Museum of Art and History between 2010 and 2014. He created in 2009 the Magritte Museum and in 2013 the Fin-de-siècle Museum inside the Royal Fine-Arts Museum of Belgium. He is a specialist in 19th and 20th century art and has curated several shows dedicated to Symbolism, Surrealism and Belgian Art in the 20th Century. He was the curator of the biggest Magritte show presented in Asia (Tokyo 2015) and the curator of the last Fernand Khnopff retrospective shown in Paris at the Petit Palais in 2019. He has also published several books.
Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of NSW as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was consulting director of the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto while it was under construction. From 2005 to 2010, Dr Brand was director of the J Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, leading both the Getty Center and Getty Villa sites and establishing its new Center for Photography. Previously, he was director of the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond from 2000 to 2005; assistant director, curatorial and collection development, at the Queensland Art Gallery in Brisbane from 1996 to 2000; curator of Asian art at the National Gallery of Australia in Canberra from 1988 to 1996; and co-director of the Smithsonian Institution Mughal Garden Project in Lahore, Pakistan from 1988 to 1993.
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Image: Michel Draguet