|Born||1967 (age 51–52)|
Jan Boelen (born in 1967, Genk, Belgium) is a curator of design, architecture and contemporary art. He is the initiator of Manifesta 9. He studied Product Design at the Media & Design Academy in Genk, and he is the founder and artistic director of Z33 – house for contemporary art in Hasselt, Belgium. Boelen is currently the head of the Masters program in "Social Design" and the Masters program in "Design Curating and Writing" at the Design Academy Eindhoven, Netherlands; he is a member of the Flemish Committee for Architecture and Design. Currently, he is working on the foundation of a European Design Parliament as a driving force for change, and he is curating BIO 50 in Ljubjlana, Slovenia, the oldest design biennial in the world.
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