Director of Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
‘Ruf has a remarkably extensive, close-knit network that spans continents, disciplines and generations,’ reads part of the curator’s Stedelijk Museum biography, the Amsterdam institution she’s been directing since 2014. It’s an indication of just how much importance she places on this network: when Ruf likes an artist, she will champion them doggedly. Take her work with the relational aesthetics generation, for example, curating shows with Philippe Parreno, Pierre Huyghe and Dominique Gonzalez-Foerster. This year Rirkrit Tiravanija got a turn at the Stedelijk. Younger artists also benefit from her support. In 2015 Magali Reus won the Prix de Rome, with Ruf on the jury, and now has a solo show at the museum; Helen Marten showed at Ruf’s previous home, Kunsthalle Zürich, and is nominated for this year’s Turner Prize, with Ruf also on the jury. When she’s your fan, others (CERN, collector Maja Hoffmann, the Swiss Re reinsurance group – Ruff advises all three) tend to follow.