Thibaut de Ruyter, born in 1972 in Lille (France), is a trained architect. He has been living and working in Berlin as an independent curator and an art and architecture critic since 2001. During his architectural studies in Lille and Copenhagen, Thibaut developed a professional practice that combines art, architecture and theory. He subsequently worked with Hartware MedienKunstVerein in Dortmund on a number of exhibitions, addressing themes such as the use of radio and audiotape technology to capture 'ghostly voices'; the industrial legacy in subculture and contemporary art; and flight simulation and its influence on visual art. From 2012 to 2013 he was involved in the restructuring of the Museum Angewandte Kunst in Frankfurt am Main, originally designed by Richard Meier. In 2013, following the renovation phase, De Ruyter curated The Empty House, an exhibition held in the 4,500 m2 building before its contents were re-installed; for two days and a night, the empty museum space was presented to visitors as an exhibit in its own right.
Two years later, also at the Museum Angewandte Kunst, De Ruyter curated Richard Meier - A Style Room, a cabinet exhibition devoted to the American architect, his influences and the 1980s zeitgeist. De Ruyter has curated the Nam June Paik Award for the Arts Foundation of North Rhine-Westphalia (Kunststiftung NRW) on two occasions: in 2010 at the Museum Kunstpalast in Dusseldorf, and in 2012 at the Kunstmuseum Bochum. In 2012 he also curated the exhibition at the CTM Festival in Berlin, and in 2015 he developed Digitale Demenz (Artificial Intelligence), an exhibition for EIGEN + ART Lab in Berlin.
Thibaut de Ruyter's educational activities include organizing workshops and giving lectures, among others at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, the Villa Arson in Nice, the Ecole nationale superieure d'art in Bourges and la maison rouge - fondation antoine de galbert in Paris. He is also the founder of the Autocenter Summer Academy in Berlin.
As an art and architecture critic, De Ruyter regularly writes for the magazines artpress, Il Giornale dell'Architettura, Fucking Good Art and Frieze d/e, and also contributes to catalogue publications. He has edited two special issues of artpress - one in 2006 about Berlin, the other in 2014 about prostitution (co-edited by Catherine Millet). In 2015 he co-founded ALUAN, the first Kazakh art magazine, with Gaisha Madanova. De Ruyter writes a monthly blog about architecture books for the website www.architectuul.com and has been a member of the French section of AICA (International Association of Art Critics) since 2008.
Thibaut curated among others the exhibitions Investigating EVP (Resonance FM, London 2006), Weniger Geld, Mehr Liebe>> (Tmp-Deluxe, Berlin 2008), The Last Ten Shots (Bongout, Berlin 2008), Wach Sind Nur Die Geister>> (HMKV, Dortmund 2009 & Coca, Torun 2010), Nam June Paik Award 2010 (museum Kunstpalast, Dusseldorf 2010) & Nam June Paik Award 2012 (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)>> (HMKV, Dortmund 2013), BER-DTM-HNL... (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 2014, as the recipient of a Goethe-Institut grant, Thibaut de Ruyter spent six weeks travelling around Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan, researching the art scenes of both countries in preparation for a touring exhibition he has developed with Inke Arns; this will be presented at the Goethe Institutes in the Eastern Europe/Central Asia region in 2016-17.