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Director, Tate Modern

Chris Dercon


Conceive and execute the curatorial programme of collection displays and exhibitions at Tate Modern and to represent the gallery externally and internally.


  • Director, Tate Modern since 2011
  • 2003–11 Director, Haus der Kunst, Munich
  • 1996–2003 Director Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam
  • 1990–95 Director Witte de With, center for contemporary art, Rotterdam
  • 1988–1989 Program director Institute for Contemporary Art P.S.1, New York

Chris Dercon is an art historian, a documentary filmmaker and cultural producer. In April 2011 he was appointed Director of Tate Modern. He was previously Director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdamand Witte de With – Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam, as well as Program Director of PS1 Museum in New York. He curated and co-curated, amongst others, exhibitions of André Cadere, Dan Graham, Konstantin Grcic, Hans Haacke, Carlo Mollino, Helio Oiticica, Paul Thek, Ai Weiwei and Franz West. He has published, contributed to and edited many catalogues, art publications, lectures and interviews worldwide. His current interest lies particularly with old and new textiles. He has made extensive cultural research and co operations with cultural producers in Brazil as of (1988), North Africa – Levant as of (1992), Japan as of (1993), China as of (1999), India as of (2005), and most recently in West Africa, The Gulf and Saudi Arabia.

Tate Modern Curatorial Department

The Curatorial Department at Tate Modern is responsible for the programme of exhibitions and collection displays of international modern and contemporary art from around 1900 to the present day, and for researching and building, through purchase or gift, Tate’s collection of international art.

Tate Modern Project team

The Tate Modern Project will add further space to the existing galleries and facilities of Tate Modern. This proposed investment, coupled with Tate Modern’s phenomenal success to date, will transform the gallery, creating an unparalleled platform for engagement with modern and contemporary art. The development will also create an urban park at the heart of London’s cultural quarter.