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Ruth Noack

Curator of Documenta 12 in Kassel


Ruth Noack was trained as avisual artist and art historian, she has worked as author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s. Noack was curator of documenta 12 (Kassel, 2007). Other exhibitions include Scenes of a Theory (The Depot, Vienna, 1995), Things We Don’t Understand (Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2000), Organisational Forms (Kunstraum Universit.t Lüneburg; Škuc, Ljubljana; Hochschule für Graphik, Leipzig; 2002−3) and The Government (Witte de With, Rotterdam; MAC, Miami; Secession, Vienna; 2005). In 2012, she provided Garden of Learning (Busan Biennale) with its exhibition layout and curated Ines Doujak's first solo show in England, Not Dressed for Conquering – Ines Doujak’s Loomshuttles/Warpaths (RCA,London). This year, she curated a segment of "Voice - Creature of Transition (Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam). Presently, she is workingon Sleeping with a Vengeance − Dreaming of a Life and on Fragments and Compounds (Ethnological Museum, Berlin; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zuerich). From 2012-13, Noack headed the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art, London andacted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa - European Museums in an age of migrations. She was a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Artsin Prague in Winter 2013-14 and lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course 2014.

She recently published Sanja Ivekovic,: Triangle for Afterall Booksand Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind, for the Politecnico di Milano (both 2013).