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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 : Lois Weinberger (2006), Kendell Geers (2007), Paul McCarthy (2008), Mark Manders (2009), Dara Birnbaum (2009), Koen van den Broek (2010), Jorge Macchi (2011), Nedko Solakov (2012), Joachim Koester (2012), Maria Nordman (2013), Javier Tellez (2013), Richard Jackson (2014), Thomas Ruff (2014), Lili Dujourie, Jef Geys (2015), Nairy Baghramian (2016).

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, who also had a retrospective in S.M.A.K. in 2014.
In 2015, Philippe Van Cauteren was been appointed by the RUYA Foundation to curate the Pavilion of Iraq at the 56th edition of the Biennale di Venezia.
At the invitation of the Siddhartha Arts Foundation, he will curate a major exhibition, titled My City, My Studio / My City, My Life for the Kathmandu Triennale 2017.

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 the past Philippe Van Cauteren has been working as a free-lance curator and publicist in Germany, Mexico, Chile and Brazil. It is in the city of Fortaleza (Brazil) that he was the curator of the first Biennal Ceara America’ (2002).  

He regularly writes and lectures on contemporary art.