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Chris Dercon

Director of Tate Modern


Chris Dercon is an art historian, a documentary filmmaker and cultural producer. In April 2011 he was appointed Director of Tate Modern in London. Previously he was Director of the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam and Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, as well as Program Director of PS1 Museum in New York. 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 Nugroho, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul and Amar Kanwar. Heco-curated the first retrospective exhibition of Amrita Sher-Gil for the Haus Der Kunst, Munich in 2006 and Tate Modern in London in 2007. Dercon’s interest in Asian arts, film and design prompted him to realise a number of interdisciplinary projects with Akira Asada, Yayoi Kusama, Rei Kawakubo Nam June Paik, Apitchatpong Weerasethakul, Yohji Yamamoto and Tseng Yu-Chin. Film projects include co-director of ‘Nam June Paik’ for BRT in 1984 and director of ‘Very Very Kyoto’ for VPRO in 1999. He also curated the exhibition ‘Still/A Novel’ for MoMAK in Tokyo in 2000. 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. His current interest lies particularly in reflecting about the future of the museum.