thibaut de ruyter is a french-german architect, curator and critic.

he lives and works in berlin since 2001.

as a trained architect, he conceives exhibitions on conceptual, technical and spatial level, delivering not only the content but the design of his projects. his interests are based on new media and their archeology, the relationship between art and architecture (mostly through a critic of modernity) and the artistic scene in post-soviet countries and particularly in central asia.

he curated or co-curated among others the exhibitions «investigating evp» (resonance fm, london 2006), «wach sind nur die geister» (with inke arns, hmkv, dortmund 2009 & coca, torun 2010), «nam june paik award» (museum kunstpalat düsseldorf 2010 & kunstmuseum, bochum 2012), «ghosts off the shelf» (kunstraum kreuzberg/bethanien - ctm-festival, berlin 2012),
«the empty house» (museum angewandte kunst, frankfurt/main 2013), «INDUSTRIAL (research)» (with inke arns, hmkv, dortmund 2013), «BER-DTM-HNL...» (with inke arns, hmkv, dortmund 2014), «richard meier - ein stilraum» (museum angewandte kunst, frankfurt/main 2015), «artificial intelligence (digitale demenz)» (eigen+art lab, berlin 2015) and «(art) upside down» (aluan, almaty 2015).
in 2019, on the occasion of the 100 birthday of the bauhaus, he co-curated with marjolaine levy the exhibition «26 x bauhaus» that was to be seen in berlin, bremen and munich.

he curated, in 2021, the 14th museum biennale in krasnoyarsk (siberia). under the title «ochumelaya vystavka», 35 berlin-based artists where asked to send instructions for the production of artworks by the inhabitants, artists and museum goers from the city. starting as a reaction to travel restrictions it became a deep questioning of the way contemporary art is produced.
his latest projects, in 2023, where a retrospective from the slovenian artist collective IRWIN (hmkv, dortmund) and a group show exploring the art scene of kosovo at the turn of 2003 (galeria 17, pristina).

he is (or has been) a regular contributor to the magazines l'architecture d’aujourd’hui, artpress, il giornale dell'architettura, particules, fucking good art, frieze d/e, architectuul. he published many texts in catalogues and edited or co-edited the books: »zeitgeist« (archive books, berlin), industrial on tour and industrial (research) (revolver verlag, berlin) and stadtbild (verbrecher verlag, berlin).

thibaut de ruyter is a member of the aica-france, a board member of the nan hoover foundation and of the advisory board of the institute of contemporary art in yerevan.

photo by bella sabirova, tashkent 2019


photographers from this website: 
stefan arendt (nam june paik award, düsseldorf), thibaut de ruyter, eric jobs (nam june paik award, bochum), thomas wucherpfening (wach sind nur die geister), veronica vogelsang (the empty house), dieter leistner (museum angewandte kunst), pierre-etienne morelle (nun), yoko dupuis (ber-dtm-hnl, hmkv), anja jahn (richard meier, ein stilraum), otto felber (artificial intelligence), halina kliem (aluan, zeitgeist), paula g. vidal (neue neue-nationalgalerie), vincent everarts (chemin de fer), piotr tomczyk (&), aleksey kubasov (die grenze), thomas bruns (26 x bauhaus), christoph püschner (welcome to #bebeethoven), kai werner schmidt (nan hoover, metropolis), aleksey myslitsky (ochumelaya vystavka), jannis wiebusch (was ist kunst, irwin?) and a few others.

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