Chris Dercon is an art historian, a documentary filmmaker and cultural producer. Following his tenure as Programme Director at PS1 Museum in New York, Dercon became Director of the Witte de With, Center for Contemporary Art in Rotterdam in 1990. He was also a Board Member of INIVA. In 1996, as Director of the Museum Boijamans van Beuningen he showed exhibition projects by Hans Haacke, Hubert Damisch, Richard Hamilton and Maurizio Cattelan. In 2003 Dercon became director of the Haus der Kunst in Munich, which was the former Haus der Deutschen Kunst initiated in 1937 by Hitler and the Nazi party.
In 2005 Chris Dercon produced with Anish Kapoor ‘Svayambh’ and published for the Deutsche Guggenheim the essay ‘MY BODY IS YOUR BODY’. Dercon oversaw several Munich projects by architects Rem Koolhaas and Herzog & deMeuron. He also initiated exhibitions by Amrita Sher-Gil, Garin Nugroho, Amar Kanwar and Ai Weiwei. The exhibition of Amrita Sher-Gil, in collaboration with the National Gallery of Modern Art in Delhi and the Goethe Institute New Delhi, was also shown at Tate Modern in London. The Primitive project by Apichatpong Weerasethakul won the 2010 Golden Palm in the Cannes Film Festival.
In April 2011 Dercon joined the team of Tate Modern as its director in London, which Dercon considers as an art movement by itself.