In her work Ruth Buchanan seeks to address how artistic agency in the present is characterised by artistic legacy and does so by working across several tones and forms; sculpture, audio, photography, film and text; bringing these various elements together in choreographed spatial and temporal situations.

Buchanan gained her BFA fromElamSchool of Fine Art, Auckland, NZ, in 2002, and her MA (Fine Art) from the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam in 2007. She completed a two year residency at the Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL and currently lives in Berlin. Over 2009 and 2010 she developed a four-part work comprising of a guided tour, theatre piece, installation and publication staged at and in the context of Rietveld Schröder Huis (Nothing Is Closed), Utrecht (NL), If I Can’t Dance I Don’t Want To Be Part of Your Revolution, Frascati Theatre (Circular Facts), Amsterdam (NL), The Showroom (Several Attentions), London (UK) and Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory (Lying Freely), Utrecht (NL). Buchanan actively initiates and contributes to print based projects.

Ruth Buchanan
Ruth Buchanan
Te Ati Awa/Taranaki, 1980
New Zealand

Past Exhibitions


nGbK – neue Gesellschaft für bildende Kunst
29/09/2018 — 18/09/2018

Solo Shows

Ruth Buchanan, Frieze London, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Ruth Buchanan ,Or, A Camera Or, A Screen Or, A Building, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
Ruth Buchanan, Or, a building, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe

Ruth Buchanan and Milli Jannides, Sound Bow, Johan Berggren Gallery, Malmö

Ruth Buchanan, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland

Put A Curve, An Arch Right Through It, Krome Gallery, Berlin

Group Shows

Jahresgaben 2015/2016, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe
Imaginary Accord, Judith Wright Centre of Contemporary Arts, Brisbane, QLD
Fit For Purpose, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus

Ruth Buchanan, Ayşe Erkmen, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland
Wederholen, Westfälischer Kunstverein, Münster
Adieu tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir, La Galerie, Centre d’art contemporain, Noisy le Sec

Bonjour tristesse, désir, ennui, appétit, plaisir, La Galerie, Centre d’art contemporain, Noisy le Sec
Among The Machines, Australian And Nz Artists, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin
The Printed Room – Emmy Moore´s Journal, SALTS, Birsfelden
Bourgeois Leftovers, de Appel Boys’ School, Amsterdam
Loosely Speaking, Gertrude contemporary art spaces, Melbourne, VIC
built with love, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol

Schaubilder, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefeld
Contact. Artists From Aotearoa/new Zealand, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt/Main
Expanded Performance, Stroom Den Haag, The Hague
No Touching, Galerie nächst St. Stephan – Rosemarie Schwarzwälder, Vienna
Tumulus, MOTInternational Brussels, Brussels
A wavy line is drawn across the middle of the original plans, Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne

Contacts & Details

City of birth: Te Ati Awa/Taranaki Country of birth: New Zealand Date of birth: 1980 Lives in: Berlin