The Frick Pittsburgh
Robin Nicholson has been Executive Director of the Frick, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania since September 2014, overseeing a six acre museum that includes one of the best-preserved Gilded Age mansions in America, historic gardens, a car and carriage museum, and an art museum with exceptional examples of Renaissance to 19th century European paintings and decorative arts.
Previously Nicholson was Deputy Director for Art and Education and Head of Exhibitions at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, where he oversaw many major exhibition projects, including the multi-year collaboration with the Palace Museum, Beijing, that culminated in October 2014 with the exhibition Forbidden City: Imperial Treasures from the Palace Museum, Beijing, and the 2011 exhibition Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musee Picasso in Paris, the most expensive and ambitious exhibition in VMFA’s history. Nicholson has led a number of other international collaborations, including working with museums in Russia, Italy, France and the UK. Prior to coming to Virginia in 2006 he spent fourteen years directing and curating the corporate art collection of the Drambuie Liqueur Company, headquartered in Edinburgh, Scotland, and with corporate offices in England and the USA.
Nicholson, a native of Edinburgh, Scotland, was educated at Queen’s University, Ontario, Canada, and the University of Cambridge, England. He is a renowned scholar of the art of the eighteenth-century Stuart royal courts in Paris and Rome and has also published and lectured on other aspects of 18th and 19th century European art.
Tuesday, May 21
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM