Philippe Van Cauteren is artistic director of S.M.A.K. (Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium. Since 2004 he is directing the museum towards its further developments in accordance to the necessities and needs of a contemporary art museum.
Under his guidance the exhibition program mainly concentrates on major monographical exhibitions.
In 2017 he was invited by the Siddhartha Arts Foundation to curate a major exhibition for the Kathmandu Triennale, titled My City, My Studio / My City, My Life.
In 2015 he was appointed by the RUYA Foundation to curate the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th edition of the Biennale di Venezia.
At the 55th edition of the Biennale di Venezia / Pavilion of Belgium, he was co-curator of the exhibition Kreupelhout – Cripplewood by Berlinde De Bruyckere.

His particular interest in art in public sphere was among others exemplified by the international exhibition TRACK (2012) in the city of Ghent, co-signed with Mirjam Varadinis (curator at Kunsthaus, Zürich).

In 2017 he published the book ‘Letters to artists’, a compilation of more than 100 letters written to artists all over the world in a very personal and direct manner.