Stedelijk appoints Beatrix Ruf as its new director
Kunsthalle Zurich's director who helped put Swiss city on contemporary art map is moving to Amsterdam
By Javier Pes. Web only
Published online: 08 April 2014
The Stedelijk Museum has appointed Beatrix Ruf as its new director, the Amsterdam institution announced today, 8 April. Ruf, who is German born, has led the Kunsthalle Zurich for the past 13 years.
Ruf has been instrumental in putting Zurich on the contemporary art map. As well as organising a widely respected exhibition programme and ambitious commissions by artists including Richard Prince, Sarah Lucas and Isa Genzken, she persuaded the wealthy Swiss city, and its many private collectors, to increase their support of the kunsthalle.
In addition to raising the profile of the kunsthalle, she leaves behind a considerably larger institution, now housed in the former Löwenbräu brewery turned arts centre.
It was very different only 30 years ago. Zurich had a low profile in Switzerland as a centre for contemporary art. As the Swiss artist Peter Fischli said: "If you wanted to find out the latest developments in art, you had to travel to Basel or Berne”.
Ruf succeeds Ann Goldstein at the Stedelijk, which in a statement praises its new director's "keen eye" for quality and emerging talent, extensive professional network through involvement with numerous international partnerships and biennials, as well as her "self-assured programming".
In Zurich, Ruf also championed artists that had long been overlooked, including Luz Bacher and Bruce Connor. She is due to take up her new position in November but will start working part-time with her Amsterdam team right away.
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