Tate announced today that Chris Dercon, Director of the Haus der Kunst, Munich, has been appointed the new Director of Tate Modern, and will take up the appointment in spring 2011. Nicholas Serota, Director, Tate said:
Chris Dercon has made some outstanding exhibitions in Munich and has demonstrated a commitment to showing art from across the world. We are delighted that he has agreed to lead the team that is taking Tate Modern into its second decade
Chris Dercon has been Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich since 2003, and before that he had a leading role in the development and direction of other major international cultural institutions: P.S.1 in New York, Witte de With Centre of Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen in Rotterdam. At the Haus der Kunst, he developed a highly-acclaimed programme of exhibitions by leading international artists alongside the wider visual field of architecture, design, fashion, photography and film. He integrated the Haus der Kunst collections of conceptual art, media and performance art into the programme, and invited contemporary artists to respond to the architecture of the gallery - last year Chinese artist, Ai Weiwei created the site-specific work Remembering 2009 for the façade of the building. He renovated and expanded the Boijmans Van Beuningen building, and has been consulting on the renovation of the Haus der Kunst. He says:
I am delighted to join the team at Tate Modern. Transforming Tate Modern is an incredibly inspiring challenge allowing us the chance to create a new kind of art institution, fit for the 21st Century, for London’s many different audiences. Thanks to its exceptional staff, Tate Modern is constantly evolving, almost like an art movement in itself. Indeed Tate Modern is many things for many people and I am thrilled that I will be part of it.