Victoria Munn, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2020
Victoria Munn giving a talk at the exhibition ‘Frances Hodgkins: European Journeys’, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 2020.
Victoria Munn (New Zealand) is a researcher, currently pursuing a PhD, supported by a full scholarship at the University of Auckland. Titled Colour me Beautiful, Victoria’s doctoral thesis analyses early modern Europeans’ investment in hair colour, establishing the practical methods undertaken to dye hair, and drawing upon empirical texts, theoretical treatises, poetry and painting. Her topic builds upon her Masters in Art History, which examined the transmission of female beauty ideals and practices in early modern Italy and France. In 2019, she completed her Certificate in Languages in Italian, and she has recently undertaken a fellowship at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice in which she consulted primary resources for her doctoral thesis.
As a Brooks Fellow in partnership with Tate, during her residency Victoria will work with Tate teams to conduct research for the forthcoming exhibition on historic women artists at Tate Britain.
Victoria has worked in several art institutions, including Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland Museum and Adam Art Gallery, and participated in the Peggy Guggenheim Collection internship programme in 2017. At Auckland Art Gallery, Victoria was involved in the curatorial development of an exhibition focused on Louise Henderson, a French-born New Zealand modernist. She writes regularly on the contributions of women artists to New Zealand art history.