Ruth Buchanan

Born 1980, New Plymouth, New Zealand (Te Ati Awa/Taranaki)

Lives in Berlin, Germany


2007 Masters of Arts (Fine Art), Piet Zwart Institute, Willem de Kooning Academie, Rotterdam
2002 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Elam School of Fine Art, University of Auckland, Auckland


The scene in which I find myself / Or, where does my body belong, Govett-Brewster Art Gallery
Feminist histories: artists after 2000, Museu de Arte de São Paulo, (group)
A distant relative, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington (group)
Charlotte Poseneske: Lexicon of Infinite Movement, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo (group)
My I, I, I be broke, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington (solo)

Kathy Acker: GET RID OF MEANING, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (group)
TOUCH, ngbk, Berlin (group)
Tilt, Hopkinson Mossman, Wellington (group)
Walters Prize Exhibition, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Auckland (group)
Can Tame Anything, The Dowse Art Museum, Lower Hutt (group)
The Order of Things, Hocken Library, University of Otago (group)
Dead Marble, Artspeak, Vancouver (solo)
Moment I: EVER, Shimmer, Rotterdam (group)
ITS INTERIOR / AND A FACADE. On the Architecture of Badischer Kunstverein, Architekturschaufenster e.V., Karlsruhe (group)

Rest in the Furrows of My Skin, Kunsthaus Hamburg, Hamburg, DE (group)
Working for the Commons, Casco Art Institute, Utrecht, NL (group)
Through the things we make, Göteborgs Konsthall, Gothenburg, SE (group)

BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, Adam Art Gallery Te Pātaka Toi, Wellington (with Judith Hopf and Marianne Wex)
The actual and its document, Govett Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth (solo)
Never Not a Body, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (solo)
The 8th Climate, 11th Gwangju Biennale, Gwangju (group)

We Are the Time Machines: Time and Tools for Commoning, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht (group)
Or, a camera, Or, a building, Or, a screen, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg, (solo)
Or a building, Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe (solo)
Inside Outside Upside Down: Five Contemporary New Zealand Artists, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (group)
The things we talked about, St Paul St Gallery, Auckland (group)
Imaginary Accord, IMA. Brisbane, (group)
Fit for Purpose, Kunsthaus Glarus, Glarus (group)
A-Z The Marzona Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin (group)

Sound Bow (with Milli Jannides), Johan Berggren, Malmö (solo)
Ruth Buchanan / Ayse Erkmen, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (solo)
Wiederholung, Westfaelischer Kunstverein, Münster (group)

On or within a scenario, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland (solo)
Among the Machines, Dunedin Public Art Gallery, Dunedin (group)
Bourgeois Leftovers, De Appel arts centre, Amsterdam (group)
Built with love, Mother’s Tankstation, Dublin (group)
Version Control, Arnolfini, Bristol (group)
Gertrude Contemporary, Melbourne (group)

Liste 17, Basel, CH (Hopkinson Cundy booth) (solo)
Put a curve, an arch, right through it, Krome Gallery, Berlin (solo)
Shaubilder, Bielefelder Kunstverein, Bielefelder (group)
Contact, Frankfurter Kunstverein, Frankfurt (group)
Performance in the Expanded Field, Stroom, the Hague (group)
No Touching (curated by Agata Jastrzabek and Dirk Snauwaert), Galerie nächst St. Stephan for curated by_vienna 2012: art or life: aesthetics and biopolitics), Vienna (group)
Tumulus, MOTINTERNATIONAL, Brussels (group)
Beyond Words (curated by Yvonne Bialek and Janneke de Vries), GAK, Bremen (group)
A wavy line is drawn across the middle of the original plans (curated by Søren Grammel), Kölnischer Kunstverein, Cologne (group)

Furniture, Plan, Rival Brain, Hopkinson Cundy, Auckland (solo)
Eigenwillige Zeichensetzung, Grazer Kunstverein, Graz (solo)
Prospect: New Zealand Art Now (curated by Kate Montgomery), City Gallery, Wellington (group)
What we make with words, CCA, Glasgow (group)
Grand Domestic Revolution, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht (group)
Fig. 2, Fig. 3, David Roberts Art Foundation, London (group)
Lying on rocks…, Royal College of Arts, London (group)
Anfang Gut, Alles Gut, Basso, Berlin, DE & Kunsthuas Bregenz, Bregenz (group)
Madame Realism, Marres Centre for Contemporary Culture, Maastricht (group)
Patterns of Intention, Circus Galerie für zietgenossiche Kunst, Berlin (group)

Lying Freely, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht (solo)
Performance Project, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz (group)
Charming the snake of reason, Enjoy, Wellington (group)
Monumentalism, The Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam (group)
Conversation Piece, Hammerstrasse, Basel (group)
From Dusk Til Dawn, Edition 3- Final Episode, If I Can’t Dance…, van Abbemuseum, Eindhoven (group)
Life: A users manual, Art Sheffield, Yorkshire Gallery, Sheffield (group)

Several Attentions-Lying Freely Part III, The Showroom, London (solo)
Open Display For Particular Viewership, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (solo)
To Say the Least, Newcall Galleries, Auckland (group)
October Show, Transmission Gallery, Glasgow (group)
Friends of a divided mind: Office of real time activity, Henry Moore Gallery, London (group)

Lying Freely (with Eveline van den Berg), Bloc, Sheffield (solo)
Build a wall or be a room, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht (solo)
4th Y2K Melbourne Biennale of Art and Design, TCB, Melbourne (group)
Chanting Baldessari (with Rachel Koolen), Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht (group)

Open In Total Darkness, Lothringer13/Laden, Munich (solo)
Working on Talking (with Kate Newby & Frances Stark), Gambia Castle, Auckland (group)
Knowing Nothing of Agility, TENT. Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam (group)
Normal Desires, Rm 103, Auckland (group)

The Movement Movement (with Özlem Altin), Stichting DSPS, Rotterdam (solo)
It Was Almost Brilliant, Audiotoop 3, Extrapool, Nijmegen (solo)
Throughout the last century there have been many developments, de Veemvloer, Amsterdam (group)

It’s a Modern Kind of a Place, Rm 103, Auckland (solo)


De-accession, Govett Brewster Gallery, New Plymouth (reading)
Pronoun, Hopkinson Mossman, Auckland (reading)

Or, a camera Or, a building Or, a screen, Kunstverein Harburger Bahnhof, Hamburg
Design, Bergen Kunsthall, Bergen
Or, a camera, IMA, Brisbane

Looking as or is Metronome, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin (performance)

A Wayward Punctuation, Liste Performance Series, Basel
The weather, a building, in Push Pull, Tate Modern, London

Sculptor, Kunsthaus Bregenz, Bregenz
Lying on rocks, sitting in windows, standing on chairs, GAK, Bremen
Who needs curtains, Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht
A figure, some figures in How We Go On Now, CCA, Glasgow

Circular Facts- Lying Freely Part II, If I Can’t Dance Tonight, Frascati Theatre, Amsterdam
Nothing Is Closed- Lying Freely Part I, Rietveld Schröder Huis, Utrecht
Several Attentions, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht

Lying Freely, reading séance (with Eveline van den Berg and Jan Verwoert), Bloc, Sheffield
Ostensibility, in Özlem Altin: Geometrisch Potret, Museum voor Moderne Kunst, Arnhem


Grand Domestic Revolution Goes On, The City of Women Festival, Lublijana, SI

Marianne Wex: Weibliche und maennliche Koerpersprache als Folge patriarchalischer Machtverhaeltnisse,(with Andreas Müller), Badischer Kunstverein, Karlsruhe, DE

Grand Domestic Revolution (with Andreas Müller), Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, NL

Friends of a divided mind: Office of real time activity (with Andreas Müller) Royal College of Arts, London, UK


2015-16 Govett Brewster, New Plymouth
2012 Parehuia Artists’ Residency, McCahon House, Auckland
2009 Kunstförderung Jodquellen AG in collaboration with Kunstverien Munich, Bad Tölz
2008-9 Fine Arts Researcher, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht
2007 Dolores Residency, Lothringer13/Laden, Munich
2001 Summer Resident, Enjoy, Wellington


2018 Walters Prize


Make a case for movement in Reading Room 6: Elective Proximity, ed. Christina Barton, Natasha Conland, Wynston Curnow, Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland, NZ, 2014
Sculptur in A Manner of Reading Design, ed. Katja Gretzinger, Sternberg Press, Berlin, DE, 2012
Grapefruit-Art as an Idea (text contribution for Yoko Ono’s solo exhibition), Moderna Museet, Stockholm, 2012
Open Display For Particular Viewership in Peutz’ Jan van Eyck, ed Koen Brams, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, 2011
Open Display For Particular Viewership in Peutzs Jan van Eyck, ed. Koen Brams, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht, NL, 2011
The Rimutaka Gorge in Lost once more, ed. Christoph Keller & Hinrich Sachs, JRP/Ringier, Zurich, 2010
A figure, some figures II in 2HB, ed. Francis McKee & Louise Shelley, CCA, Glasgow, 2010
A figure, some figures in Special Edition: Research in the Arts, A Prior Magazine, ed. Els Roelandt, University of Ghent and vzw Mark, Ghent, 2010
Biographies in Natural Selection, ed. Louise Menzies, Judy Darragh & Fiona Gilmore, Auckland, NZ, 2010
Poems About Nature Documentaries in Holding onto it only makes you sick, ed. Kate Newby, Gambia Castle Press, Auckland, 2008
Ostensibility in The Fall occurs inside, ed. Özlem Altin, MMKA, Arnhem, 2008
Less mirror than he was used to: Other ways of body in Benjamin Buchanan: There’s a Ghost in my House, ed. Paula Booker, Enjoy, Wellington, 2007
Anthrax in The Collapse of Several Pillars, Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam, 2007
The Misery of Ice, Uovo, Drawing 2,ed. The Bookmakers, spring ‘05, Turin, 2005
The Land of the problematic Equation, Foxymoron 1, ed. Georgie Hill and Melanie Baldwin, Auckland, 2003


Bad Visual Systems, Adam Art Gallery, Wellington, NZ, 2017 (cat.)
A-Z Die Sammlung Marzona, Verlag Kettler, Dortmund, DE, 2017 (cat.)
Or, a camera Or, a building, Or a screen, apparent extent and Khbf, 2015 (artists record)
Schaubilder (Diagrams), Bielefelder Kunstverein, 2013
Bourgeois Leftovers, de Apple, Amterdam, NL, 2013
The weather, a building, Sternberg Press, Berlin, 2012
On Performance: KUB Arena Volume I, Walter Koenig, Cologne, DE, 2012
Monumentalism, Stedeljik Museum, Amsterdam & NAi Publishers, Rotterdam, 2010
Lying Freely, Jan van Eyck Academie, Maastricht & Casco Office for Art, Design and Theory, Utrecht, 2010
Friends of the divided mind, RCA, London, 2009
Chanting Baldessari, Bonnefantenmuseum, Maastricht, 2008
Normal Desires, self-published, Auckland, 2007


BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, Christina Barton in BAD VISUAL SYSTEMS, February 2017 (cat. essay)
Ruth Buchanan, in This Model World: Travels to the Edge of Contemporary Art, Anthony Byrt, Auckland University Press, 2016.
Hearing Voices: On the reading and performing of poetry, Karolin Meunier, Texte Zur Kunst, Nr. 103, September, 2016
Ruth Buchanan: Lying Freely and The weather, a building, Federica Bueti, Three Letter Words, 2014
Expanding Performance, Agnieszka Gratza, MIT Journal on Performance Studies, 2013
Ruth Buchanan: On or within a scenario, Anthony Byrt, Artforum, May 2013 (review)
In Focus: Ruth Buchanan, Jan Verwoert, Frieze Issue 152, January – February 2013
Ruth Buchanan, Oona Lochner, Texte Zur Kunste, Issue 88, December 2012
Ruth Buchanan, Martin Herbert, Art Review Issue 64, December 2012
Madame Realism, Mossje Goosen, Frieze Issue 140, June-August 2011
Proposing and Disposing, Marina Vishmidt, in Ruth Buchanan: Lying Freely, 2010 (cat. essay)
Circular Facts, Yolande van der Heide, in Monumentalism, August, 2010 (cat. essay)
From Dusk til Dawn, Jolien Verlaek in Metropolis M, June/July, 2010
Social spaces, social objects, Alli Beddoes in Mousse Magazine, Issue 23, April/May, 2010
Lying Freely, Jolien Verlaek in Metropolis M online, April, 2010
Proposing and Disposing, Marina Vishmidt in Lying Freely, March 2010 (cat. essay)
Ruth Buchanan, Kathy Noble in Frieze Issue 129, March. 2010
Recycling Doctoral Waste: History in Practice, Rachel Buchanan in History Australia, Volume 7 No. 1, 2010
Rietveld ignored a performance, Sarah Farrar in Metropolis M online, July, 2009
Wees je eigen toeschouwer, Emile Hollman in Zuiderlucht, 2(10), 2008
Exhaustion, Jan Verwoert in Dot Dot Dot, DDD 15, 2007
Use Me Up, Jan Verwoert in Metrpolis M, No.1, 2007