Lars Nittve was born in Stockholm in 1953. After studies at the Stockholm School of Economics, a M.A. at Stockholm University and Post Graduate Studies at New York University, he served as lecturer in art history at the University of Stockholm during the period 1978-85.
During the same period he was the art critic at Svenska Dagbladet, Stockholm, and contributed regularly to Artforum magazine, New York. In 1986 Dr Nittve was appointed Chief curator at the Moderna Museet in Stockholm. In 1990-95 he served as founding Director of Rooseum - Center for Contemporary Art in Malmö, Sweden. In July 1995, Dr Nittve became Director of the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark. In the spring of 1998, he was named the first Director of Tate Modern, London, which opened in May 2000 to great acclaim. On November 1, 2001, he took up his post as Director of Moderna Museet in Stockholm . Since January 2011, Dr Nittve has been the Executive Director, M+, the museum of visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong, scheduled for completion in 2018.
Dr Nittve is the author of several books and has served on the jury of numerous international prizes and been on the board of large number of arts organisations as well as being awarded a number of honours and prizes. In 2009 he was awarded a Ph.D at the University of Umeå, Sweden. In 2013 he was named, by Le Nouvel Observateur, one of “The Fifty who Change the World”. In 2014 the Art Review “Power 100” list ranked him as the number eight museum director in the world and as number one in Asia.