Roger M. Buergel

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Roger M. Buergel, Berlin 2011 (photograph by Lidwien van de Ven)

Roger M. Buergel (born 1962) is a writer and curator. He was born in Berlin (West).


Buergel received his education at the Institute of Contemporary Art (under Johannes Gachnang) at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna and subsequently worked as private secretary to Viennese activist Hermann Nitsch. Since the 1990s Buergel has mounted numerous exhibitions, often in collaboration with his partner Ruth Noack, including documenta 12 in 2007.[1] [2] Throughout his career, Buergel held various teaching posts, most recently as Visiting Professor of Art History at the Art Academy Karlsruhe (2007–09). He serves as the Founding Director of the Johann Jacobs Museum in Zurich,[3] an exhibition space and research institution dedicated to the cultural residue of global trade routes.


  • Barely Something, exhibition catalogue; Garden of Learning, exhibition catalogue[4]


  • “‘This Exhibition Is an Accusation’: The Grammar of Display According to Lina Bo Bardi” in Afterall, no. 26 spring 2011[5]


Among the first exhibitions Buergel and Noack organized was in 1995 “Scenes of Theory” [Szenen einer Theorie] at Depot (Vienna), an intertextual exploration of cinema, film theory and art.

  • 2000 Things we don’t understand, Generali Foundation Vienna (with Noack)[6]
  • 2000 Governmentality. Art in conflict with the international hyper-bourgeoisie and the national petty bourgeoisie, Alte Kestner-Gesellschaft (Hannover)
  • 2001 The Subject and Power (the lyrical voice), (CHA) Moscow
  • 2004 Com volem ser governats? MACBA Museu d’art contemporani, (Barcelona)
  • 2002–05 The Government, [[Kunstraum of Lüneburg University]]; MAC Miami Art Central; Witte de With Rotterdam; Secession Vienna (with Noack)[7]
  • 2003–07 documenta 12, Kassel[8]
  • 2010 Barely Something (a retrospective of Ai Weiwei), Museum DKM, Duisburg
  • 2012 Garden of Learning/Busan Biennale[9]


  1. ^ "documenta 12: Review 100 days". 1999-11-03. Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Carter, Holland, "Asking Serious Questions in a Very Quiet Voice," New York Times, June 22, 2007.". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  3. ^ "Johann Jacobs Museum". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  4. ^ "Busan Biennale 2012". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  5. ^ "Afterall • Spring 2011 • 'This Exhibition Is an Accusation': The Grammar of Display According to Lina Bo Bardi". Retrieved 2013-05-31. 
  6. ^ "Things We Don't Understand - Exhibition Catalogue". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  7. ^ "How do we want to be governed? (Figure and Ground)". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  8. ^ "Heise, Jörg, "The Shape of Things to Come," Frieze Magazine, March 2004". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 
  9. ^ "Busan Biennale 2012 Garden of Learning". Retrieved 2014-08-29. 

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