*1964 in Heidelberg, lives and works in Berlin
Ruth Noack trained as a visual artist and art historian, she has worked as author, art critic, university lecturer and exhibition maker since the 1990s.
Noack was curator of documenta 12 (Kassel, 2007). Other exhibitions include Scenes of a Theory (The Depot, Vienna, 1995), Things We Don’t Understand (Generali Foundation, Vienna, 2000), Organisational Forms (Kunstraum Universität Lüneburg; Škuc, Ljubljana; Hochschule für Graphik, Leipzig; 2002−3) and The Government (Witte de With, Rotterdam; MAC, Miami; Secession, Vienna; 2005). In 2012, she provided Garden of Learning (Busan Biennale) with its exhibition layout and curated Ines Doujak's first solo show in England, Not Dressed for Conquering – Ines Doujak’s Loomshuttles/Warpaths (RCA, London). This year, she curated a segment of Voice - Creature of Transition (Rietveld Academy, Amsterdam). Presently, she is working on Sleeping with a Vengeance − Dreaming of a Life and on Fragments and Compounds (Ethnological Museum, Berlin; Johann Jacobs Museum, Zuerich).
2012-13, Noack headed the Curating Contemporary Art programme at the Royal College of Art, London and acted as Research Leader for the EU-project MeLa - European Museums in an age of migrations. She was a guest professor at the Academy of Fine Arts in Prague in Winter 2013-14 and lead the Gwangju Biennale International Curator Course 2014.
She recently published Sanja Ivekovic,: Triangle for Afterall Books and Agency, Ambivalence, Analysis. Approaching the Museum with Migration in Mind, for the Politecnico di Milano (both 2013).