We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of New South Wales stands.

Dr Michael Brand

BA Asian Studies (Hons), MA, PhD (Art History)

Dr Michael Brand

Michael Brand joined the Art Gallery of New South Wales as director in June 2012. Prior to his appointment, he was 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.

Dr Brand is the current chair of the Council of Australian Art Museum Directors (CAAMD) and serves on the International Advisory Board of The State Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg. His professional affiliations include the Bizot Group of International Art Museum Directors and the American Association of Museum Directors. Dr Brand also sits on the boards of the Australian Institute of Art History; the Sherman Centre for Culture and Ideas (SCCI) Architecture Hub and the Barangaroo Structures Commissioner’s Council, as well as being a member of the Woollahra Council Public Art Panel.