Christopher Menz

Acting Director, Ian Potter Museum of Art at, University of Melbourne

Christopher Menz is an art consultant based in Melbourne, Australia. He grew up in Adelaide and has worked in Australian art museums since 1985. During his art museum career, he has been a curator, specialising in decorative arts, and a director.

From 2005 to 2010 he was Director of the Art Gallery of South Australia, during which time he oversaw the extensive development of the collection, the staging of many exhibitions and the production of their accompanying publications. In 2011–12 he was Acting Director at the Ian Potter Museum of Art, the University of Melbourne.

He was Curator, Decorative Arts (International) at the National Gallery of Victoria, from 2001 to 2005, where he worked on the displays for the re-opening of the National Gallery of Victoria (International). From 1989 to 2001 he was Curator of Decorative Arts at the Art Gallery of South Australia where he expanded and published much of the collection. From 1985 to 2001 he was Curatorial Assistant, Australian Decorative Arts at the National Gallery of Australia, where his major project was assisting on the major bicentennial exhibition of Australian decorative arts in 1988.

He has published and lectured extensively on Australian and European decorative arts, notably on the design work of William Morris, and curated numerous exhibitions.

Experience

  • 2005–2010
    Director, Art Gallery of South Australia

Education

  • 1981 
    Flinders University, BA(Hons)