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Jérôme Sans
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Jérôme Sans

Born in 1960, Jérôme Sans is a curator, cultural agitator, and artistic director, known internationally for his pioneering and creative approach to modelling cultural institutions and exhibitions. Jérôme Sans was the co-founder and co-director of the acclaimed Palais de Tokyo in Paris from 1999 to 2006, a model imitated all over the world, like an iconic playground for the artists and the public. 

At the Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art in Newcastle, UK, one of Europe’s leading contemporary art centers, he built a diversified local and international program, while reconnecting the institution with the British and global art scene, between 2006 and 2008.

From 2008 to 2012, he was the director of the Ullens Center for Contemporary Art in Beijing (UCCA), establishing it as the first private contemporary art foundation in China and the model for many private Chinese museum projects.

In addition to several publications that he authored, he was creative director and editor-in-chief of the French cultural magazine L’Officiel Art. He has curated numerous major exhibitions around the world, including the Taipei Biennale (2000), the Lyon Biennale (2005), and major monographic exhibitions such as Li Qing at the Prada Rong Zhai Foundation in Shanghai (2019), Erwin Wurm at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Belgrade (2022), as well as public installations on Place Vendôme in Paris with Alicja Kwade (2022) and more recently with Bernar Venet (2023). 

Since 2022, he has been accompanying the development of the hybrid space LagoAlgo, located in the heart of the Chapultepec Forest in Mexico City, where he presented group shows such as Shake Your Body in 2022 and Desert Flood in 2023.