The Experiment as Method: talk with Beatrix Ruf
Nicolaus Schafhausen in a conversation with Beatrix Ruf
What challenges do innovative contemporary art venues feel that they face? How is creating an exhibition different between institutions that collect or do not collect? How have both the perception of contemporary art and the self-image of artists changed within the exhibition context? What opportunities does innovation offer, what obstacles need to be negotiated? In a globalized, digitalized world, all of the players within the art context – whether they are artists, curators or visitors – are facing new challenges. Beatrix Ruf, Director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, and Nicolaus Schafhausen, Director of Kunsthalle Wien, discuss issues revolving around exhibition-making, production, education and collecting of contemporary art.
Beatrix Ruf studied psychology, ethnology, art and cultural sciences in Zürich and Vienna, then went on to work as an independent curator, choreographer and critic. In 2001 she became head of Kunsthalle Zürich and was involved in numerous renowned international biennials and triennials. She has been Director of the Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam since 2014.