Slade School of Fine Art UCL
Gower Street London WC1E 6BT
Karin Ruggaber makes sculpture as well as producing artist's books. She works with a range of different media considering materials in relation to their dynamic and association with particular activities, or representational function. Recent works include relief sculptures based on an invented and self-generating vocabulary of form and materiality, using materials such as concrete, plaster, fabric and wood. Coming out of a studio-based practice the work centres on ideas around figuration, ornamentation, aspects of touch and the relationship to architectural scale. Principles of ordering and layering are set against the roughness and imprecision of material and surface. Ideas around architecture as manifestation of aspects of territory - as something that holds rather than can be held - form part of the wider project and narrative for the work.
Solo exhibitions include PEER, London, 2013, greengrassi, London in 2012, 2008 and 2005, and Art Now, Tate Britain in 2006. Group exhibitions include British Art Show 7, Nottingham Contemporary, Hayward Gallery, London, and touring, 2010-11; Camulodunum, Firstsite, Colchester, 2011, The Sculpture Show, V22, London, 2009; Legende, Domaine De Chamarande, Paris, 2008; East International, Norwich, 2007; How to improve the World, Arts Council Collection, Hayward Gallery, London and Los Vinilos, Buenos Aires, in 2006; The Way We Work Now, Camden Arts Centre, London, 2005 and Rene Daniels and Karin Ruggaber, Bloomberg SPACE, London, 2002.
2007 - present Lecturer, Slade School of Fine Art, UCL. Postgraduate Sculpture.
2000 - present Associate Lecturer, Chelsea College of Art & Design, UAL. BA Fine Art.
2011 - 2013 Visiting Lecturer, Goldsmiths College, London, BA Fine Art.
2006 - 2009 Visiting Lecturer, Ruskin School of Drawing and Fine Art, Oxford.
2001 - 2008 Associate Lecturer, Camberwell Collge of Arts, UAL. BA Sculpture.
Visiting Lecturing includes Royal Academy Schools, RCA, Akademie der Bildenden Künste Stuttgart and Mozarteum Universität Salzburg.
2008 External Examiner, MFA Fine Art, Reading University.
2013-16 External Examiner, BA Fine Art, Sculpture, Edinburgh College of Art.
2013-16 External Examiner, MA Art and Space, European Art Practice, Kingston University.
2014-16 External Examiner, Graduate Diploma Creative Practice, Kingston University.
The Library Vaccine / Everything is About to Happen2014
Artists Space, New York, US
Everything is About to Happen: An ongoing archive of artists' books selected by Gregorio Magnani. The Library Vaccine presents a number of discrete collections of books in order to sample art's distinctive relationship to the book form in its singularity, and in its states of reproduction, distribution and accumulation. The exhibition addresses the book as a particular technology, and in its collective state of the private collection, reading room or library, as a social machine – registering social and personal histories, and articulating structures of knowledge and value through the relations between its parts.
A merman I should turn to be2014
Laura Bartlett Gallery, London
Group exhibition curated by Dan Coopey. With Rupert Ackroyd, Aaron Ange, Nicholas Byrne, Alex Dordoy, Graham Ellard & Stephen Johnstone, Paul Housley, Alexis Marguerite Teplin, Ruairiadh O'Connell, Karin Ruggaber.
Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, France
Group exhibition about the relationship between art and design objects curated by Alexis Vaillant and Robert Stadler, Ensemble Poirel, Nancy, France. With Ron Arad, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Aaron Curry, Thea Djordjadze, Konstantin Grcic, Roger Hiorns, David Musgrave, Manfred Pernice, Tobias Rehberger, Ettore Sottsass, Ricky Swallow, Nicole Wermers, Franz West, Heimo Zobernig and others. Catalogue edited by Robert Stadler and Alexis Vaillant. With texts by Kirsty Bell, Claire Brunet, Emily King, Edouard Montassut, Robert Stadler and Alexis Vaillant.
Bad Copy: Carrdiff by Parris2014
Cardiff Story Museum, Cardiff
Museums at Night 2014. Bad Copy - a project organised by Janette Parris
Selections from the Arts Council Collection. Group exhibition at Nottingham Contemporary selected by Alex Farquharson. Artists include Tomma Abts, Armando Andrade Tudela, Frank Auerbach, Francis Bacon, Anna Barriball, David Batchelor, Zarina Bhimji, Karla Black, Peter Blake, David Bomberg, Christine Borland, Martin Boyce, Varda Caivano, Anthony Caro, Helen Chadwick, Adam Chodzko, Prunella Clough, Bernard Cohen, Harold Cohen, Keith Coventry, Cathy De Monchaux, Richard Deacon, Jeremy Deller, Rita Donagh, Garth Evans, Barry Flanagan, Elisabeth Frink, Gilbert and George, Laura Godfrey-Isaacs, Paul Graham, Alexis Harding, Raphael Hefti, Barbara Hepworth, Thurston Hopkins, John Hoyland, Zebedee Jones, Emma Kay, Philip Lai, Peter Lanyon, John Latham, Mark Lewis, Hilary Lloyd, Kenneth Martin, Gustav Metzger, Alan Michael, Yoko Ono, Eduardo Paolozzi, Kathy Prendergast, Bridget Riley, Karin Ruggaber, Colin Self, Walter Sickert, Daniel Sinsel, Lucy Skaer, Richard Smith, Jem Southam, The Hackney Flashers, Wolfgang Tillmans, Amikam Toren, William Tucker, Mark Wallinger, Rebecca Warren, Richard Wentworth, Rachel Whiteread, Cathy Wilkes, Stephen Willats, Cerith Wyn Evans. Virtually every significant artistic movement since the Second World War is touched on in this major exhibition drawn from The Arts Council’s own national collection, curated by Nottingham Contemporary’s Director Alex Farquharson. Spanning seven decades of art made in Britain, Somewhat Abstract shows the work of 70 artists, eight of them Turner Prize winners. Abstract art is the exhibition’s starting point. Yet as its title suggests most of the art works are near-abstract, rather than truly abstract. They are works in which the world has undergone a transformation. The image has lost its definition to become something else, while still retaining a sense of where it came from.
Call me on Sunday2014
Galerie Krinzinger, Vienna, Austria
Group exhibition at Krinzinger Projekte, Vienna. Curated by Ursula Maria Probst. With Marina Abramović, Ida Applebroog, Tauba Auerbach, Monika Baer, Clarina Bezzola, Juliette Bonneviot, Louise Bourgeois, Ulla von Brandenburg, Johanna Calle, Beatrice Caracciolo, Naia del Castillo, Angela de la Cruz, Katrina Daschner, Tacita Dean, Aleksandra Domanović, VALIE EXPORT, Marina Faust, Female Obsession, Mary Frank, Pamela Fraser, Sonja Gangl, Isa Genzken, Michela Ghisetti, Dorothee Golz, Katharina Grosse, Jitka Hanzlová, Kathi Hofer, Judith Hopf, Roni Horn, Anna Jermolaewa, Birgit Jürgenssen, Maureen Kaegi, Kerstin Kartscher, Luisa Kasalicky, Laleh Khorramian, Erika Giovanna Klien, Alena Kotzmannová, Alicja Kwade, Marie-Jo Lafontaine, Maria Lassnig, Louise Lawler, Sonia Leimer, Natalia LL, Liza Lou, Dorit Margreiter, Ursula Mayer, Chiara Minchio, Şükran Moral, Martina Nehrling, Meret Oppenheim, Laura Owens, Danica Phelps, Amalia Pica, PRINZGAU/Podgorschek, Agnieszka Polska, Pushpamala N., Rivka Rinn, Judith Rohrmoser a.k.a. Jaye, Signe Ross, Karin Ruggaber, Eva Schlegel, Toni Schmale, Nora Schultz, Constanze Schweiger, Nino Sekhniashvili, Elfie Semotan, Cindy Sherman, Esther Stocker, Despina Stokou, Ingeborg Strobl, Meg Stuart, Urszula Tarasiewicz, Maria Temnitschka, Tatiana Trouvé, Julia Vecsei, Sophie Whettnall CALL ME ON SUNDAY is the second of several parts of the long-term series CCC (curators collectors collaborations) initiated by Krinzinger Gallery - a starting point for the interconnection of international collectors and curators. Inspired by the consequent attitudes of the collectors Valeria Napoleone (London) and Alexia Stuefer (Vienna), who limit their collections to artworks by female artists, CALL ME ON SUNDAY focuses on 77 artistic positions by female artists. The Krinzinger Projekte’s exhibitions spaces therefore display oeuvres of international artists in private collections and arranges them in a dramaturgically intertwined setting. The exhibition also makes references to the legendary show “Eccentric Abstraction” by US-American curator and critic Lucy Lippard, that took place in New York in 1966 and - deviating from what the title would suggest - addressed the subjects of strong, autonomous, female corporeality and lifestyle.
Of and For2014
The Bank, Central House, London
Group exhibition curated by Camilla Wilson and Mary Maclean. With Peter Fillingham, Dave Hanger, Mary Maclean, Jess Macneil, Caroline McCarthy, Karin Ruggaber, Camilla Wilson, Eleanor J Wright, Emily Wolfe. Inhabited space, both private and public, is the subject of this exhibition. It suggests that the experience of interior and exterior architectural space is expressed by the part rather than the whole, the fragment rather than a totality. The fragment is asymmetrical, dynamic, occupying a moment of internalised attention, as the agent of an unresolved narrative.
Taking note or The Curious Eye2013
NUI Galway Art Gallery, Ireland.
Group exhibition around the idea of noticing and taking note. Curated by Robin Jones
STAG - Berlin/London2013
dispari&dispari project, Reggio Emilia, Italy
Group exhibition curated by Katrin Plavcak and Cullinan Richards. With Monika Baer, Luca Bertolo, Hanna-Mari Blencke, Andrew Bick, Varda Caivano, Ben Cottrell, Milena Dragicevic, Béatrice Dreux, Olivier Guesselé-Garai, Sophie von Hellermann, Sigrid Holmwood, Robert Holyhead, Ursula Hübner, Johanna Kandl, Jutta Koether, Rannva Kunoy, Antje Majewski, Marzena Nowak, Katrin Plavcak, Reto Pulfer, Gunter Reski, Cullinan Richards, Karin Ruggaber, Christian Schwarzwald, Ulrika Segerberg, Noah Sherwood, Dillwyn Smith, Esther Stocker, Monica Tap, Alexis M Teplin, Caragh Thuring, Corinne Wasmuht, Marcus Weber, Sue Williamsn e Amelie von Wulffen.
Leichte Verstörung in den Fabriken2013
tete, Berlin, Germany.
Group exhibition curated by Adrian Schiesser: With Stefan Gross, Karin Ruggaber, Liam Gillick, Mustafa Hulusi, Sarah Morris, Tiago Carneiro da Cunha, Fayçal Baghriche, Kapwani Kiwanga, Michel Bo Michel.
A Conspiracy of Detail2013
Mackintosh Museum, Glasgow
Group exhibition with Pio Abad, Jonathan Baldock, Josh Blackwell, Jim Lambie, Hew Locke, Alex Pollard, Eva Rothschild, Karin Ruggaber, Renee So. Curated by Jenny Brownrigg. This exhibition looks at the ideas contemporary practice has around adornment, exploring cultural, social and material aspects. It looks at the status that detail and embellishment has now in contemporary practice. The highly detailed Mackintosh Museum welcomes this examination also, with the building itself influenced by the Arts & Crafts Movement that Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his peer group were part of.
Karla Black & Karin Ruggaber2013
Oriel Myrddin Gallery, Arts Council of Wales
Two person exhibition organised by the Arts Council Collection
An outside of a house2013
Solo exhibition of newly commissioned work. Exhibition funding through Henry Moore Foundation Project Grant and Elephant Trust.
I don't feel like it: The Indifference of Objects2012
Camberwell Space, London
Group exhibition curated by Florian Roithmayr. With Caroline Achaintre, Jess Flood-Paddock, Alex Heim, Hilary Koob-Sassen and Karin Ruggaber.
Kino Babylon am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin, Germany.
"Shorts", 9 video clips produced in collaboration with Sarah Staton. Screening at Flights of Fancy, Verein zur Förderung von Kunst und Kultur am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin. Curated by Jaspar-Joseph Lester and Susanne Prinz.
Solo exhibition at greengrassi, London.
Karin Ruggaber - Swiss Church in London2011
Swiss Church in London, 79 Endell St., WC2H
Solo exhibition of new work made in response to the space of the 19th century Swiss Church and its recent renovation by architects Christ and Gantenbein.
Inaugural group exhibition at Firstsite's new public gallery designed by Rafael Vinoly Architects. One of four commissioned artists including Michaela Eichwald, Aleksandra Mir and Danh Vo. Curated by Michelle Cotton.
Modernism has two faces2011
Mount Stuart, Isle of Bute, Scotland
Group exhibition curated by Sarah Staton and Simon Bill. With Eva Berendes, Enrico David, Karin Ruggaber, Sarah Staton, Simon Bill.
Rob Tufnell at Sutton Lane, London
Group exhibition curated by Michelle Cotton and Rob Tufnell. With works by Henri Gaudier-Brzeska, Steve Claydon, Keith Coventry, Anthea Hamilton, Mark Leckey, Dereck Jarman, Eduardo Paolozzi, Ezra Pound, Daniel Silver and others.
Martos Gallery, New York City, USA
Group exhibition of photography curated by Bruce Haines. Just Photography brings together a cross-generational gathering of artists from Europe for whom photography exists either as dominant practice or a more casual endeavour. Presenting a range of works from the 1980s to the present day, through their various formal, conceptual or performative experiments, their photographs seem historically to be ambiguously located in time. Artists: Ketuta Alexi-Meskhishvili, Tim Braden, Bianca Brunner, Hugo Canoilas, Ernst Caramelle, Lourdes Castro, Raphael Danke, Jane England, Jason Evans, Adam Gillam, Melissa Gordon, Ilana Halperin, Anne Hardy, Raphael Hefti, Alex Heim, Jessica Mallock, Andrew Mania, Rudolf Polanszky, Sam Porritt, Dan Rees, Sophy Rickett, Karin Ruggaber, Monika Schwitte, Lindsay Seers, Miroslav Tichy and Li Yuan-chi.
British Art Show 7, In the Days of the Comet2010
Nottingham Contemporary, Nottingham; Hayward Gallery, London and touring to Glasgow and Plymouth
National Touring Exhibition curated by Lisa Le Feuvre and Tom Morton organised by the Hayward Gallery, London. “The British Art Show is widely recognized as the most ambitious and influential exhibition of contemporary British art. The 39 selected artists have been chosen on the grounds of their significant contribution to contemporary art in the last 5 years.” The exhibition toured from Nottingham Contemporary in 2010, to the Hayward Gallery, London, Glasgow Museum of Art and venues in Plymouth during 2011.
The Sculpture Show, The Real2009
V22 at the Biscuit Factory, London
Group exhibition. The Real curated by Fergal Stapleton. With Phyllida Barlow, Tom Burr, Anne Damer, Audrey Reynolds, Karin Ruggaber, Fergal Stapleton and Martin Westwood.
Royal Academy of Arts, Burlington Gardens, London
Group exhibition curated by Henry Coleman for Zoo Art Fair 2008
The Krautscho Club2008
Galerie im Regierungviertel, Berlin and 176 Project Space, London
Exhibition curated by Anna-Catharina Gebbers for "The Forgotten Bar Project", Berlin and "Material Presence", 176 Project Space, London
solo exhibition at greengrassi, London
Domaine departemental de Chamarande, Chamarande, France
Group exhibition curated by Alexis Vaillant at Chamarande, Essonne. “Created for Department Domain de Chamarande - its 17th century castle, hunting lodge, ice-house, and chapel - the exhibition brings together works of 47 international artists. The works interrogate the artificiality of the current world and render up intensified visions of it…” Artists include David Altmejd, Roger Hiorns, Gedi Sibony, Pae White and Lisa Yuskavage.
Carl Freedman Gallery, London
3 person exhibition curated by Tatiana Echeverri-Fernandez: Wolfgang Breuer, Thomas Humphreys, Karin Ruggaber
Hope and Despair2007
Cell Project Space, London
Group exhibition, Cell Project Space. Curated by Bob Matthews. With Alexandra Bircken, Kaye Donachie, Ian Hunt, Mark Titchner and others.
EAST International 20072007
Norwich School of Art & Design, Norwich Gallery, Norwich
Group exhibition selected by Matthew Higgs and Marc Camille Chaimowicz. Installation of 19 relief sculptures onto the facade of Norwich Gallery. Arts Council Lottery Grant.
Los Vinilos - El Basilisco2007
El Basilisco, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Group exhibition curated by Henry Coleman including Pae White, Mark Titchner, David Musgrave and others.
Group exhibition curated by Bruce Haines. With Markus Amm, Helene Appel, Eva Berendes, Ellen Gronemeyer, Alex Heim, Karin Ruggaber and Nicole Wermers.
How to improve the World2006
Hayward Gallery London
Arts Council Collection exhibition curated by Michael Archer and Roger Malbert
Karin Ruggaber, Art Now, Tate Britain2006
Solo exhibition at Art Now, Tate Britain. Karin Ruggaber - From hard to soft.
60 - Arts Council Collection2006
Longside Gallery, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield
2006 marks the sixtieth anniversary of the Arts Council Collection. The Arts Council Collection is the largest loan collection of post-war British art in the world. Since 1946, it has acquired some 7,500 works - including over 700 sculptures and installations - for loan to exhibitions and public spaces across the UK and beyond.
The way we work now2005
Camden Arts Centre, London
Group exhibition curated by Bruce Haines with Stuart Cumberland, Roger Hiorns, Adam Gillam, Ian Kiaer, Rachel Kneebone, Karin Ruggaber and Francis Upritchard
Claire Hooper & Jacob Jürgensen, Karin Ruggaber2005
Group exhibition at Rachmaninoff's, London. Curated by Matthew Arnatt and Maggie Smith
mega-süper military style2005
greengrassi, 1A Kempsford Road, London
solo exhibition at greengrassi, London.
Der Tod und das Mädchen2004
Jonathan Viner Gallery, London
Exhibition curated by Sophie von Hellermann, in conjunction with Elfriede Jelinek reading.
Present Future, greengrassi. Artissima 11, Turin, Italy.
A solo exhibition at Present Future, Artissima 11.
Vanderborght, Dexia Art Centre, Brussels, Belgium.
Group exhibition curated by Elena Filipovic. With Goshka Macuga, Simon Moretti, Karin Ruggaber, Veit Stratman and Anton Vidokle.
Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Berlin, Germany.
Kunststiftung at Landesvertretung Baden-Württemberg, Berlin. Group exhibition of scholarship holders.
Honey I rearranged the collection2003
Corvi-Mora and greengrassi, London
Group exhibition at Corvi-Mora and greengrassi, London. With Allen Ruppersberg, Roger Hiorns, David Musgrave, Lisa Yuskavage, Silke Otto-Knapp, Tomma Abts, Jim Isermann and others.
The Straight or Crooked Way2003
Royal College of Art, London
A project by Goshka Macuga. Curating Contemporary Art, RCA.
US work and men's shirts2003
Solo exhibition at greengrassi, London
Slimvolume Poster Publication2002
Vilma Gold, London
organised by Andrew Hunt
Rene Daniels and Karin Ruggaber2002
Bloomberg Space, London
No time wasters2002
Group exhibition at KIAD, Rochester. Curated by Mark Dickenson and Martin Clark
Richard Salmon Gallery, London
Group exhibition curated by Rupert Norfolk and Henry Coleman
KX Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany.
Group exhibition curated by Giles Perry and Jorn Ebner
Mobile Home, London
A project with ARTLAB, Charlotte Cullinan and Jeanine Richards
Orgelfabrik, Karlsruhe, Germany
Performance evening at Orgelfabrik, Karlsruhe. Curated by Rainer Ecke.
15 C, London
Group exhibition at 15C, London. Curated by Frank Hannon. With Artlab, Bob and Roberta Smith, Karin Ruggaber, Luke Gottelier.
Haus der Kunststiftung, Stuttgart, Germany.
Solo exhibition at Haus der Kunststiftung, Stuttgart. Kunststiftung Baden-Württemberg.
Peter Kapos, David Musgrave, Karin Ruggaber2000
Group exhibition at greengrassi, London.
297 x 2102000
Arthouse, Dublin, Ireland.
Group exhibition and publication, Arthouse, Dublin. Curated by Arthur R Rose.
Royal College of Art, London
Year-long exhibition project curated by Mark Dickenson and Martin Clark. Curating Contemporary Art, Royal College of Art.
Arthur R Rose, London
Solo exhibition at Arthur R Rose, London.
Kettle's Yard, Cambridge; Camden Arts Centre, London; Cornerhouse Manchester
National Touring Exhibition curated by Richard Wentworth
House of Voltaire 2014 is a collaboration of the independent arts organisation Studio Voltaire and fashion house Chloé and is a biennial temporary pop-up shop selling art works, furniture and fashion by leading contemporary artists, in support of the not-for-profit gallery and education programme of Studio Voltaire.
Online video produced for "An outside of a house", PEER, 2013. Part of a series of published projects about the suburb of Yeşilyurt, Istanbul. 7.06 min
Karin Ruggaber in conversation with Sarah Staton and Phillip Lai, chaired by Ingrid Swenson
Frieze Issue 147, 2012. Survey discussion featuring Leonor Antunes, Alice Channer, Thea Djordjadze, Liz Glynn, Charles Long, Christina Mackie, Karin Ruggaber, Kilian Rüthemann, Bojan Šarčević and Nicole Wermers
Edited and foreword by Valerie Napoleone. Text by Jennifer Higgie, Mark Hix. "The collector Valeria Napoleone has made a name for herself by exclusively collecting the work of living women artists, but she has no other limitations--just that the work be something she wants to “live with.” With this book, she combines her two chief passions, pairing her favorite artworks with recipes from her homeland, Italy."
Sarah Staton, Simon Bill, Eva Berendes and Karin Ruggaber in conversation with Dr Dominic Paterson
Presentation of my research into fantastical architecture and the integration of the rational with the imaginary - introducing three different manifestations and philosophies around visibility and form through my recent research trips to Tirana/Albania (mayor Edi Rama's city wide facades project); Dornach/Switzerland (Rudolf Steiner's Goetheanum and Anthroposophical colony) and Southern Romania to source upscale villas built by the Roma.
Public lecture at Arnolfini, Bristol
“Villas” is an image-based book portraying a series of upscale villas built by the Roma in Southern Romania. In 2010 I undertook a road trip from Istanbul to Romania in an attempt to find these largely undocumented buildings. Mostly built with basic machinery or by hand, they are striking in their untutored and direct realisation, style referencing and ambitious scale, mostly layed out for large family clans. The buildings often remain empty after completion, or are used for storage rather than lived in, the act of their realisation taking precedence over their actual use. “Villas” is made in relation and parallel to my sculptural work, looking at the extreme and contrasting sculptural language and raw physicality of this architecture. My wider project and research interest is based on the idea of "fantastical architecture" and a material realisation of an imaginary inner world into a vocabulary of sculptural form.
5 page project and interview with Megan O'Shea (co-editor)
Presentation of Facade Project for East International 2007, Norwich Gallery
Artist's book documenting and recording the particular architecture and use of ornamentation in the suburb of Yeşilyurt in Istanbul, Turkey. The book touches on ideas of decoration, ornamentation and organisation of space in relation to sculpture.
Solo exhibition at Tate Britain, Art Now - in conversation with Katharine Stout
The book examines the relationship between materiality, surface and ornament within the city’s architecture. Published with Camden Arts Centre, London alongside "The Way We Work Now", 2005.
4 page publication on the subject of architecture and water
Konzerthaus Liederhalle was made in response to the architecture of a concert hall in Stuttgart, Germany built in 1955. The book portrays the building and its functionality, form and incongruous use of materials. The architecture is a mixture of various styles and building methods essentially with a view to integrating its purpose, which is to frame and enable music, visually into the design and making.
artist's book, 8 covers folded