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Chris Dercon

Director of Tate Modern, Art historian, Documentary filmmaker, Cultural producer


Chris Dercon is an art historian, a documentary filmmaker, a cultural producer. After working as program director of PS1 Museum in New York, he became director of Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam in 1990 and then Museum Boijmans Van Veuningen, Rotterdam in 1993. In 2003 Dercon was appointed director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich where he organised the exhibition ‘So Sorry’ by Ai Weiwei and projects with Garin Nugtoho, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul and Amar Kanwar Dercon’s interest in Asian arts, film and design prompted him to realise a number of interdisciplinary projects with Yayoi Kusama, Rei Kawakubo and Yohji Yamamoto. Chris Dercon has been a juror and author for the Chinese Contemporary Art Awards established by collector Uli Sigg, writing on 2008 winner Taiwanese Tseng Yu-Chin. Dercon published several essays on current cultural issues, such as "Indiana Jones and the Ruin of the Private Museum" which was published in China by the magazine Visual Production.

In April 2011 Dercon joined the team of Tate Modern as Director in London, which Dercon considers as an art movement by itself.