A graduate of the Hacettepe University with a degree in philosophy, Hüseyin Bahri Alptekin completed his Postgraduate studies in Philosophy of Art at the Paris Sorbonne University. He then worked at Sipa-Press photojournalism agency in Paris.
The founding director of the Proje4L-İstanbul Museum of Contemporary Art Museum (2001-2003) and the Platform Garanti Contemporary Art Center, Vasıf Kortun has been the chief curator and the director of the 3rd İstanbul Biennial in 1992 and the founding director of the Center for Curatorial Studies Museum in the USA between 1994 and 1997.
The co-author of Jahresring 51: Szene Türkei: Abseits aber Tor (with Erden Kosova) published in 2004, Kortuns writings and interviews has appeared in numerous books, journals and exhibition catalogues.
Serving as a jury member in numerous exhibitions including the 5th Gwangju Biennial (2004) and the 50th Venice Biennial (2003), Vasıf Kortun was the co-curator of the 9th International İstanbul Biennial with Charles Esche in 2005.
Kortun received the 9th Annual Award for Curatorial Excellence given by the Center for Curatorial Studies in 2006.
Appointed as the collection advisor of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven, Vasıf Kortun is also a member of the Collections Advisory Council at the New Museum of Modern Art in Warsaw.