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Philipp Ruch

Director and founder of the Center for Political Beauty, dubbed by the German media as “the most interesting project of German artists since Group 47.” He believes in a form of aggressive humanism. Ruch studied political philosophy. The subject of his PhD thesis is Honor and Revenge. A History of Emotion of the Ancient Law (supervised by Herfried Münkler and Hartmut Böhme). Ruch was research fellow at the Collegium for the Advanced Study of Picture Act and Embodiment (Horst Bredekamp).

He has developed interventions for the Gorki Theatre Berlin, the 7th Berlin Biennale, the theatre Dortmund, NGBK gallery, the ZKM | Karlsruhe, and the 6th Berlin Kunstsalon. In 2009, the Bosnian foreign minister thanked Ruch for his work in keeping memories of the genocide alive. In 2012, Ruch was awarded the German Web Video Prize.

  • "His pathos is remindful of Schiller, his provocation potential of Beuys."

  • "With radical actions Philipp Ruch has become the most famous German political artist."


Selection of English interviews

"If the word 'beauty' is beaten against the word 'politics', one creates the spark for a revolution."

Philipp Ruch

English contributions

Illegal Actions II. On the Correct Medication of Political Action Art ZKM Karlsruhe

Open letter to the Secretary General of the United Nations

Political Beauty in: Truth is concrete. A Handbook for Artistic Strategies in Real Politics, Florian Malzacher (ed.), Sternberg Press, 2014.

Beauty in the Political Sciences. The insufficiency of contemporary accounts and the premature death of a category in: Cuffe, James / Horvath, Agnes (Hrsg.): Reclaiming Beauty: Collected Essays in Political Anthropology. Band I, Florenz 2012 (= Journal of International Political Anthropology).

The Crisis in Sudan: The Fourth Genocide The European

'Pillar of Shame': Civilc Society, UN Accountability and Genocide in Srebrenica, in: Transitional Justice and Civil Society in the Balkans, Olivera Simić, Zala Volčič (ed.), Springer, New York 2013 (order here).