Mr Max Delany

Max Delany

Max Delany is Artistic Director and Chief Executive Officer at the Australian Centre for Contemporary Art (ACCA). He has held leadership positions in contemporary art museums and galleries including Senior Curator, Contemporary Art, at the National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (2012–2016), and Director, Monash University Museum of Art (2004–2012), where he led the development of MUMA’s award-winning architectural premises on the Caulfield campus.

Max has held the position of adjunct Associate Professor, Curatorial Practice, in the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, Monash University since 2011; and previous roles as Director at Gertrude Contemporary and Curator at Heide Museum of Modern Art.

A leading Australian curator and gallery director, Max has been involved in the development of exhibitions, commissions, publications and international cultural exchange programs supporting the work of contemporary artists for over three decades. Max is a widely published author, and contributes to a range of professional, editorial and academic forums and advisory boards. He is well known for his collaborative, collegiate approach to curatorial practice, his commitment to cultural diversity and community engagement, his mentorship of emerging artists and curators, and for adventurous, forward-looking thinking and creative projects.

At ACCA Max has been responsible for an artistic program and curatorial projects including Unfinished Business: Perspectives on art and feminism (with a curatorial team of Paola Balla, Julie Ewington, Annika Kristensen, Vikki McInnes and Elvis Richardson), 2017-18; Claire Lambe: Mother Holding Something Horrific (with Annika Kristensen) 2017, Sovereignty (with Paola Balla) 2016–17 and Painting. More Painting (with Annika Kristensen and Hannah Mathews) 2016.

At the NGV Max was responsible for a number of significant exhibitions, acquisitions and curatorial projects including Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei, 2015-16; David Shrigley: Life and Life Drawing, 2014-15; Melbourne Now, 2013-14; and Mix Tape 1980s: Appropriation, Subculture, Critical Style, 2013.

Other exhibitions include projects and commissions with leading international and Australian artists including Eva Rothschild, Simon Starling, Richard Bell, Emily Floyd, Juan Davila, Celeste Boursier-Mougenot, Paola Pivi, Carsten Holler, Carlos Amorales, Brook Andrew, Angela Brennan, Diena Georgetti, David Noonan and Tony Clark, among others.

Selected curatorial projects include Lurid Beauty: Australian Surrealism and its Echoes (NGV 2015); Slave Pianos | Punkasila | Pipeline to Oblivion (MUMA 2011); Pitch Your Own Tent: Art Projects | Store 5 | 1st Floor (MUMA 2005); NEW05 (ACCA, 2005); Blackspot: Contemporary Indigenous Photography from the Monash University Collection (MUMA 2005); Screen Life (with Stuart Koop, Museo Nacionale, Centro de Arte, Reina Sofia, Madrid, 2002); Strolling — the art of arcades, boulevards, barricades, publicity (Heide Museum of Modern Art 1998); and 1956: Melbourne, Modernity and the XVI Olympiad (Heide Museum of Modern Art, 1996).