Chris Dercon to leave Tate Modern in 2017

Chris Dercon to leave Tate Modern in 2017

Nicola Sullivan, 24.04.2015
Art historian to join Berlin's Volksbühne theatre as artistic director
Chris Dercon will leave his role as the director of Tate Modern in 2017.
 
Dercon, who has been at the museum since 2011, will take up the position of artistic director at the Volksbühne theatre in Berlin.

In a press statement, Nicholas Serota, the director of Tate, said: "Chris Dercon is helping to open Tate Modern to a wider world and more diverse audiences through his support for a more international programme, photography, live performance and film. We look forward to working with him on the opening of the new Tate Modern and until he takes up his appointment in Berlin in 2017."

Dercon’s previous roles include the director of Haus der Kunst in Munich, the Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen and the Witte de With Center for Contemporary Art, both in Rotterdam, as well as program director of Museum of Modern Art PS1 in New York. He is also an art historian, a documentary filmmaker and cultural producer.
 
News of Dercon’s departure follows the announcement in March that Penelope Curtis, the director of Tate Britain, is leaving for the Calouste Gulbenkian museum in Lisbon.

Berlin’s cultural scene will also be gaining the British Museum’s director Neil MacGregor, who will step down in December to take charge of the committee overseeing the new Humboldt Forum cultural centre.

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