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Jan, Knight Hoet (born June 23, 1936 in Leuven, Belgium, died February 27, 2014 in Ghent, Belgium) was the founder of SMAK (Stedelijk Museum voor Actuele Kunst or City Museum for Contemporary Art) in Ghent, Belgium.


Hoet curated Documenta IX in Kassel in 1992. Subsequently, he managed several important exhibitions all over the world.

Hoet served as the curator of the SMAK from 1975 until his retirement in 2003. After retiring, in 2003, he became artistic director for the museum MARTa Herford in Herford (Germany).

On June 17, 2012, Jan Hoet collapsed at the airport in Hamburg. On June 23, 2012, while being repatriated to Ghent, Hoet suffered from hypercapnia and he was being held in a coma at the hospital of Soltau. Hoet was repatriated to Ghent. In January 2014 Hoet suffered a second heart attack. He died in a hospital in Ghent on February 27, 2014.


"Your Own Soul: Ingrid Mwangi" by Ingrid Mwangi, Jan Hoet, and Gislind Nabakowski (Hardcover - Sep 1, 2003)

"Flemish and Dutch Painting: From Van Gogh, Ensor, Magritte, Mondrian to Contemporary Artists" by Rudi Fuchs and Jan Hoet (Hardcover - Jun 15, 1997)

"Bjarne Melgaard: Black Low" by Bjarne Melgaard, Jan Hoet, and Ann Demester (Hardcover - Mar 2, 2003)

"Positions In Art (Reihe Cantz)" by Chris Burden, Kiki Smith, James Turrell, and Jan Hoet (Paperback - Jul 2, 1995)

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