Ralph Rugoff

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Ralph Rugoff
Born12 January 1957[1]
New York City, US
EducationBrown University
Known forCurator of the 2019 Venice Biennale
TitleDirector of London's Hayward Gallery

Ralph Rugoff OBE (born 12 January 1957) is an American-born curator, the director of London's Hayward Gallery since 2006, and the curator of the Venice Biennale in 2019.[2]

Rugoff was born in New York City, the son of a film distributor father and a psychoanalyst mother.[3][4] He studied semiotics at Brown University.[4]

Rugoff was director of the Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts in San Francisco for nearly six years, before becoming the director of London's Hayward Gallery.[3]

Rugoff was artistic director of the 58th Venice Biennale in 2019.[5]

He was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the 2019 Birthday Honours for services to art.[6]


  1. ^ lccn.loc.gov: Rugoff, Ralph, 1957-
  2. ^ "ArtReview Power 100, 2019, #40: Ralph Rugoff". ArtReview. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  3. ^ a b Veltman, Chloe (12 June 2006). "Interview: Ralph Rugoff, Hayward Gallery director". The Guardian. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  4. ^ a b Sooke, Alastair (10 June 2013). "Ralph Rugoff: 'Tate Modern is like the Bluewater shopping centre'". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  5. ^ "Ralph Rugoff appointed curator of the 58th Venice Biennale". artreview.com. Retrieved 13 April 2019.
  6. ^ "No. 62666". The London Gazette (Supplement). 8 June 2019. p. B14.

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