Bart Rutten

Art Historian, Netherlands


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Bart Rutten (1972) is a leading Dutch expert within the field of video art. He studied art and cultural history at the University of Utrecht and at the University of Wisconsin, Madison (USA). Since 1997 he has been working for the Netherlands Media Art Institute, MonteVideo/TBA, where he started by doing research on the collections inherited from the former Time Based Arts, Lijnbaancentrum (Rotterdam) and De Appel (early video art). This research resulted amongst other things in a reference room and tape library at the institute, which was set up by Rutten. In 2002 he became a member of the direction and is now responsible for the presentation section (exhibitions, distribution and collections) at the institute. As lecturer he has worked for the University of Utrecht (history of video art) and is currently working for the Royal Art Academy in The Hague. Rutten also publishes frequently in Dutch periodicals on film and contemporary art. "The Magnetic Era, video art in the Netherlands 1970 - 1985" (Nai publishers), an anthology about early Dutch video art, was published earlier this year. Rutten edited this book together with Jeroen Boomgaard and also contributed to it as a writer.


Netherlands Media Art Institute, Montevideo/Time Based Arts
Netherlands Media Art Institute is one of the foremost institutions in the world dealing with media art
and especially with video art. Their goal is to develop, exhibit, distribute and reflect over the impact of new technologies within the field of fine arts. Netherlands Media Art Institute supports media art through three different core activities: presentation, research and conservation and offering through facilities and services for artists and art organizations. Educational programs are also developed within all of these activities.