Jan Hoet, Documenta 9 Curator and Pioneer of Ghent’s Contemporary Art Scene, 1936–2014
Museum director and curator Jan Hoet, 77, died on February 27 following a long illness. A prominent figure in the arts in his native Belgium, he served as the artistic director of Documenta 9 in Kassel in 1992, and helped open Ghent’s Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst (S.M.A.K.) in 1999. Hoet came to prominence in 1986, when he convinced more than 50 homeowners in Ghent to let him transform their private residences into art venues as part of the city-wide contemporary art exhibition “Chambres d’Amis.”
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