CHRIS DERCON is the Director of the Tate Modern in London. Previously he had been Director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich from 2003 to 2011, 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.