James Bradburne has been General Director of the Pinacoteca di Brera since 5 October 2015, role conferred upon him following his participation in the public selection announced with an international call in January 2015 by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism.
Museum expert and cultural manager, James Bradburne was born in Canada but was naturalized as a British citizen. He studied architecture in Canada, where he attended the Royal Architecture Syllabus Programme in Vancouver, and then in London at the Architectural Association School of Architecture. He completed his education in museology at the University of Amsterdam and the Getty Leadership Institute for Museum Management of Los Angeles.
From 2006 to 2015 he was director of the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence.
From 2003 to 2006 he directed the Next Generation Foundation in the United Kingdom. From 1999 to 2002 he directed the Museum für Angewandte Kunstdi in Frankfurt. From 1994 to 1998 he was manager of design, training and planning at the New Metropolis Science and Technology centre in Amsterdam. Author of numerous publications, he is Professor of museology at various Italian and international institutions.