Gudrun Bott

Biographical Information

Dr. Gudrun Bott, born in 1957 in Höxter, is artistic director of the Derik-Baegert-Gesellschaft based in Schloss Ringenberg, Hamminkeln. Her primary focus in this position is on supporting the work of artists and curators.

Gudrun Bott completed her studies in art history, archaeology and education in Göttingen, Munich and Bochum in 1989 with a dissertation on the dissolution of the concept of the image in postwar German painting. From 1984 to 1999 she also worked in Düsseldorf as an independent curator and writer in the field of contemporary art. During this time she wrote numerous catalogue essays and curated exhibitions for a range of institutions, including “post naturam” (1998, co-curated by Magdalena Broska) and “Gebaute Horizonte” (Built horizons, 1999). Since 1998, in addition to her curatorial activities, Bott has been advising international law firms on the development of their contemporary art collections.

In 2000 Gudrun Bott was appointed artistic director of the Derik-Baegert-Gesellschaft, a studio centre based in Schloss Ringenberg in Hamminkeln that offers residential scholarships to artists from North Rhine-Westphalia. In 2001 she began forging cooperative links between German and Dutch museums and art academies; these developed into the Euregio projects “Transistor” (2001–2004) and <GAP> (2005–2008), which she organized in collaboration with Marcus Lütkemeyer. Under Bott’s directorship, Schloss Ringenberg has evolved into a binational supporting institution that not only provides scholarships for North Rhine-Westphalian and Dutch artists but also a platform for curators, as well as organizing cross-border projects. A fundamental part of its concept is the provision of spaces in which to reflect upon and realize art and exhibitions. Besides Schloss Ringenberg itself, the venues for the projects include German and Dutch museums and other cultural institutions on the Lower Rhine. The curatorial projects were hosted for example by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Museum Kurhaus in Kleve, Museum Abteiberg in Mönchengladbach and Arnhem Museum of Modern Art. One of the core elements of the project-based work is exploring models of art communication that transform the process of artistic production into concrete experience on the part of the viewing audience.

Gudrun Bott 2008, Copyright: Schloss Ringenberg
Gudrun Bott
Artistic director | Schloss Ringenberg

Contemporary art
Artists' and curators' support
Art communication & education

Gudrun Bott