Lives and works in Berlin (Allemagne).
Chris Dercon is an art historian, curator and specialist in the relationship between ancient and contemporary art. He is the Director of the Volksbühne in Berlin.
Following his studies in art history, theatre and film theory at the University of Leiden in The Netherlands, Chris Dercon began his career in a gallery before going on to organize various exhibitions in Belgium and The Netherlands. In 1988, he was made Artistic Director of MoMA PS1 New York. In 1990, he became Director of Programming at the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam and Commissioner for the Dutch Pavilion at the 46th Venice Biennale. In 1995, he was appointed Director of the Boijmans Van Beuningen Museum in Rotterdam. In 2003, he became Director of Munich’s Haus der Kunst, in 2011 of the Tate Modern in London, then of the Volksbühne theater of Berlin in 2017. He is also a member of the Wiels artistic advisory committee in Brussels. Since November 7, 2018 he has been the President of the Réunion des musées nationaux-Grand Palais in Paris.