Lars Nittve was born in Stockholm in 1953. He studied Economics at the Stockholm School of Economics and Art History at Stockholm University where he also served as a lecturer in Art History 1978-1985. Since 2010 is he a Professor in Art History at Umea University in Sweden.
After working as Senior Art Critic at the Stockholm Daily Svenska Dagbladet and regular to contributor to Artforum magazine in New York 1979-1985 he started a career as Curator and later Museum Director taking him to the Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Chief Curator 1985-1990); The Rooseum – Center for Contemporary Art , Malmoe, Sweden (Director 1990-1995); The Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Humlebaek, Denmark (Director 1995-1998); Tate Modern, London (Director 1998-2001); The Moderna Museet, Stockholm (Director 2001-2010) and M+ at West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong (Executive Director 2011-).
Besides a very prolific career as a curator, with some 50 exhibitions behind him, including both thematic and monographic exhibitions of 20th and 21st century art, Dr. Nittve has had great success in developing audiences and raising funds for the museums he has directed. As a curator and writer he has published numerous essays and books on art and has served on the jury of numerous international prizes and been on the board of a large number of arts organizations. Dr. Nittve has lived in Hong Kong since January 2011.