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RUF, Beatrix

Beatrix-Ruf---Copyright-Robin-de-Puy-2014Born in 1960 in Germany.

Lives in Zurich.


Beatrix Ruf studied in Vienna, New York and Zurich. Since September 2001 she is the director/curator of the Kunsthalle Zurich. In 2008 she was co-curator of the Yokohama Triennial; in 2007 a ‘player’ at the Lyon Biennial, in 2006 she was the curator of the Tate Triennial for the Tate Britain, London. Previously, she had been director/curator of the Kunsthaus Glarus, and between 1994 and 1998 curator at the Kunstmuseum of the Canton of Thurgau. Since 1995 she is curator of the Ringier collection. Since 1999 boardmember of the Schweizerische Graphische Gesellschaft (SGG), mentor for HSG St.Gallen, and member of the Art commission of Swiss Re.

Since 2003 she is also associate editor of the publishing house JRP/Ringier. Jury member in numerous commissions such as Preis der Nationalgalerie Berlin; The Vincent, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; Beck’s Futures, ICA London; Centraal Prize, Köln; Hugo Boss Prize, Guggenheim Museum, New York; Nominator Sommerakademie Paul Klee Museum, Bern. She has organized exhibitions, has written essays and published catalogues on artists such as Jenny Holzer, Marina Abramovic, Peter Land, Liam Gillick, Urs Fischer, Emmanuelle Antille, Angela Bulloch, Ugo Rondinone, Richard Prince, Keith Tyson, Elmgreen&Dragset, Monica Bonvicini, Eija-Liisa Ahtila, Pierre Huyghe/ Philippe Parreno: No Ghost just a Shell, Rodney Graham, Isa Genzken, Doug Aitken, Wilhelm Sasnal, de Rijke / de Rooij, Eva Rothschild, Rebecca Warren, Carol Bove, Oliver Payne and Nick Relph, Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster, Sean Landers, John Armleder, Catherine Sullivan, Daria Martin, Trisha Donnelly, Wade Guyton, Seth Price, Kelley Walker, Josh Smith, General Idea, Nicole Eisenman, Valentin Carron, Allora&Calzadilla, Christopher Williams, Kai Althoff, Mario Garcia Torres, Tris Vonna-Michell, Annette Kelm, Philippe Parreno and many others.


Beatrix Ruf as a nominator for the Discovery Award of the Rencontres d’Arles in 2010. She nominated the following artists: Annette Kelm, Elad Lassry and Leigh Ledare.

Beatrix Ruf and Tom Eccles are curators of exhibition – Tony Oursler, IMPONDERABLE, at The Rencontres d’Arles 2015.