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Nicholas Cullinan is Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Before joining the Met, he was Curator of International Modern Art at Tate Modern in London, where he worked on major exhibitions including: Duchamp, Man Ray, Picabia (2008); Cy Twombly: Cycles and Seasons (2008); Pop Life: Art in a Material World (2009); Tacita Dean: FILM, the twelfth Unilever commission for the Turbine Hall (2011); and Edvard Munch: The Modern Eye (2012). He also curated contemporary group shows at Tate Modern such as Learn to Read (2007) and Stutter (2009). Dr. Cullinan spearheaded founding an acquisition committee at Tate Modern to collect modern and contemporary art from Russia, Eastern European and Central Asia. Forthcoming exhibitions for Tate Modern include Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs and Kazimir Malevich (both 2014). Before joining the Tate in 2007, Dr. Cullinan was the Hilla Rebay International Fellow at the Guggenheim Museums in New York, Bilbao, and Venice and previously worked at The Museum of Modern Art, New York. He has taught at institutions including the Courtauld Institute of Art in London and curated independent projects such as the exhibition Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London and the Fondazione Prada’s opening exhibition for Ca’ Corner della Regina, Venice (both 2011). Dr. Cullinan holds his BA, MA, and PhD from the Courtauld Institute of Art. He is the author of many essays on modern and contemporary art for exhibition catalogues, and articles for publications such as Artforum, The Burlington Magazine, Frieze, Kaleidoscope, Mousse, October, and Tate Etc.