James Bradburne named director of Brera Pinoteca

After managing Florence’s Palazzo Strozzi.

British museum expert and exhibition specialist James Bradburne, 59, has been appointed director of Milan’s prestigious Pinoteca Brera by the Italian ministry of culture.

In a wave of new directors announced on 18 August, Bradburne is one of seven foreigners called to manage 20 of Italy’s most important museums and galleries, while another four of the Italians nominated have returned after careers abroad. There are two Austrians, one Briton, three Germans and one French.

Ten of the new directors are women. For the full list and details of new directors see ANSA website.

Bradburne, born in Canada, boasts an impressive curriculum vitae. He studied architecture in London before specialising in museum studies in Amsterdam and Los Angeles. From 2006 to 2015, he managed the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi in Florence. Before that, he was director of the Next Generation Foundation in London, and earlier of the Museum für Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt.

He is a prolific writer, and a respected teacher of museum studies in several institutions.