Curator of the Abbey Museum

Curator Interview with Michael Strong

Interview with a Curator

This interview was intended to capture a relatable snapshot of Michael Strong’s life, so that every-day South East Queenslanders (or anyone for that matter!) could find out a little about his humble beginnings, his long connection to the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology and his contagious joie-de-vie and knowledge which he shares generously with whomever he meets. He met me at the door of his home-office,  located in the quiet, sunny suburb of Sandstone Point, just off Bribie Island. He was clearly not the boss of his white hair, and his eyes, which sometimes had a curious sadness, became animated at random as he reminisced with a slight British inflection on the fascinating story of becoming the Curator of the Abbey Museum. 

We began to speak.

Michael, tell me a little about your life and how you became the Curator of the Abbey Museum:

There was a pause

Ahhh? Where do you want to start? he asked. It’s a very complicated story, he joked.

Michael began…

I guess much of my story parallels …

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Our Senior Curator Is Having An Affair

Our Senior Curator is having an affair, much to the sorrow of his long suffering wife. Yes it is true; he has fallen in love with a beautiful 1200 year old model of a female flute player from the Tang Dynasty in China.

Over the last week he has spent many hours photographing her from different angles and this time together has only deepened his admiration and affection. And why not, one might ask. She is indeed a fetching creature.

There she kneels on a cushioned floor in an exquisite red and white striped silk gown with an emerald green jacket, playing sweet music on her bamboo side flute.   Her dark lustrous hair is piled on top of her head in a butterfly hairdo as was the fashion of her day. Her gentle face, softly rounded, is beguiling with down cast eyes and rosy cheeks and thinly pencilled eyebrows.  She was possibly a courtesan or female musician attached to some wealthy noble’s court; he made sure he would have music in …

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