Nicholas Cullinan took up his position as the Director of the National Portrait Gallery in spring 2015. Since his appointment, Nicholas has curated the Gallery’s Michael Jackson: On the Wall exhibition, which explores the influence of Jackson on some of the leading names in contemporary art.
Nicholas was previously Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and prior to this, from 2007 to 2013, Nicholas was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern where he co-curated an exhibition of Henri Matisse’s cut-outs with Sir Nicholas Serota in 2014. Nicholas received his BA, MA and PhD in art history from the Courtauld Institute of Art in London. Fellowships he has held include the Hilla Rebay International Fellowship at the Guggenheim museums in Bilbao, New York and Venice and the Thaw Senior Research Fellowship at The Morgan Library and Museum, New York.