Michael Brand, the former J. Paul Getty Museum director who stepped down at the Los Angeles institution earlier this year,
Reached by ARTINFO, Brand confirmed the news of his appointment as a consultant, saying that he will be advising the organization "on strategies for the development of their international museum programs including, most specifically, the new Aga Khan Museum in Toronto.” A representative for the
The museum's collection of more than 1,000 items, donated by the Aga Khan and his family, includes books and manuscripts, metalwork, carpets, ceramics, paintings, ivories, hardstone objects, and woodcarving spanning the last millennium and ranging in provenance from China to Portugal.
Selections have been exhibited widely in Europe since 2007, including a survey at the Louvre in 2007-08. From October 2010 to January 2011, books and calligraphy from the collection will be shown at the Sakip Sabanci Museum in Istanbul, Turkey.
Since the late 1970s he has established through his secular trust a range of cultural programs, including the Aga Khan Award for Architecture
Brand was director of the Getty Museum from 2005 until this January, when he abruptly resigned
This story was first reported by ARTINFO's IN VIEW blog.
[An unconfirmed tip led IN VIEW to announce earlier today that Brand was to head the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto. That tip proved to be inaccurate and the post has been taken down.]