Beatrix Ruf, March, 2013

Beatrix Ruf

Beatrix Ruf was a guest of the Budapest Contemporary program.

Beatrix Ruf, director of the Kunsthalle Zurich, recently spent two days in Budapest as a guest of the Association of Hungarian Contemporary Art Galleries. Her visit was highly anticipated by the Association, as she is regarded as one of the most prominent professionals in the international art world. In the ArtReview’s 2012 Power 100, an annual ranking of the most influential people in the art scene, Ruf was listed as 7th. She was appointed director of the Kunsthalle Zurich in 2001. Prior to this she had served as curator of the Kunstmuseum Thurgau (between 1994 and 1998) and director of the Kunsthaus Glarus in Switzerland (between 1998 and 2001). As of 1995 Ruf has overseen the Ringier Collection and since 1999 she has served on the board of the Schweizerische Graphische Gesellschaft. She is also a member of Swiss Re’s art-commissioning board, a member of the cultural advisory board for CERN, one of the founders of the Yokohama Triennale, and a member of the jury for the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize and the Artissima Illy Present Future Prize. In 2006 she was the curator of the Tate Triennial. Beatrix Ruf was in Budapest between March 22 and 24, 2013 as part of the international visitor-program ‘Budapest Contemporary’. During her stay she visited several commercial galleries: acb, Erika Deák, INDA, Kisterem, Ani Molnár, Viltin, and Vintage, where she had an opportunity to see exhibitions currently on show as well as attend presentations on artists she had pre-selected. The afternoon program of March 22 (Friday) was organized jointly with the ACAX office. She met personally with several Hungarian artists in whose work she had previously expressed interest, among them Emese Benczúr, Gábor Gerhes, Antal Lakner, Dóra Mauer, Csaba Nemes, and Tamás St. Auby. Ms Beatrix Ruf visited the Trafó Gallery and saw Andreas Fogarasi’s project at the Park Gallery’s off-space locale. She also visited several important museums – Ludwig Museum, Museum Kiscell/Municipal Gallery, Hungarian National Gallery – and was present at the opening of the exhibition entitled The Naked Man. At the end of her stay, Péter Emőd conducted an interview with Ruf for the weekly journal, HVG, in which she spoke on her views regarding the Hungarian art scene.

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