Director, Van Gogh MuseumAmsterdam, The Netherlands
Axel Rüger has been working as director of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam since April 2006. He was born in Dortmund, Germany, in 1968. He studied art history in Berlin (Freie Universität), Cambridge University (United Kingdom) and Queen’s University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, where he started his Ph.D. He is planning to complete his doctorate at the Radboud University in Nijmegen.
Rüger held internships in various museums in Atlanta, Detroit and Washington before being appointed in 1999 as Curator of Dutch Paintings 1600-1800 at the National Gallery in London, a post he held for almost seven years. At the National Gallery, Rüger organised two international loan exhibitions: Vermeer and the Delft School (with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2001) and Aelbert Cuyp (with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, and the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, 2002). Rüger contributed to the catalogues for the above exhibitions and has published and lectured on various aspects of 17th-century Dutch art.
In 2004 Rüger was selected to be a fellow in the first year of the newly created Clore Leadership Programme, an initiative of the Clore Duffield Foundation in the United Kingdom.