Rudi Fuchs

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Rudi Fuchs
Rudi Fuchs (1985)
Rudi Fuchs in 1985
Rudolf Herman Fuchs

(1942-04-28) 28 April 1942 (age 79)
Alma materLeiden University
OccupationAuthor, art critic

Rudolf Herman "Rudi" Fuchs (born 28 April 1942) is a Dutch art historian and curator.

Personal life[edit]

Rudolf Herman Fuchs was born on 28 April 1942 in Eindhoven in the Netherlands. He studied art history from 1967 to 1975 at Leiden University, after which he became an academic.

Fuchs has twin sons (born in 1970), one of whom is the noted graphic designer, Rutger Fuchs. He lives in Amsterdam and Norfolk.[1]


In 1975, Fuchs became director of the Van Abbemuseum in Eindhoven. At that time he was the youngest director of a museum in the Netherlands.[2]

In 1982, he was one of the organisers and the artistic director of Documenta 7 in Kassel in Germany.

Between 1987 and 1993 he was director of the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague, leaving a deficit of around four million euros.[3]

In February 1993 he became director of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. At first he was general director, later director of art. He worked at the museum until 1 January 2003. His farewell was spoiled by a misunderstanding over VAT with the tax authorities.[4]

Fuchs is currently (2013) a lecturer at the University of Amsterdam[5] and independent writer. He has published widely on art as an author and art critic.

Awards and decorations[edit]

Fuchs has received the following awards and decorations:


  1. ^ Rudi Fuchs, "Minimal Baroque and Hymns",, 2010.
  2. ^ (in Dutch) Robbert Roos, "Rudi Fuchs verlaat Stedelijk Museum", Kunstbeeld, 2002.
  3. ^ (in Dutch) AB, "AB trekt het stekkie eruit: Fuchsia", Propria Cures, 2012.
  4. ^ (in Dutch) Pieter van Os, "De eindeloze verdachte", De Groene Amsterdammer, 2003.
  5. ^ (in Dutch) Goed kijken met Rudi Fuchs, University of Amsterdam.
  6. ^ a b c d e (in Dutch) Curriculum Vitae Rudi Fuchs, Leids Universiteits Fonds. Retrieved on 2013-09-26.
  7. ^ (in Dutch) Rudi Fuchs ontvangt museummedaille, Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam, 2004. Retrieved on 2013-09-26.
  8. ^ (in Dutch) Eremedaille voor Kunst en Wetenschap voor Rudi Fuchs, Dutch royal house, 2007. Retrieved on 2013-09-26.