Dr. Marita Ruiter
Dr. Marita Ruiter I Photo: Guy Jallay
Galerie Clairefontaine, Luxemburg
Dr. Marita Ruiter, an exhibitor at art KARLSRUHE who was born in Austria and has run Galerie Clairefontaine in Luxemburg since 1988, believes that academic thoroughness is selfexplanatory in the confrontation with art. This collector, who also owns a trove of circa 200 photographs by Gisèle Freund, earned her doctorate in 2000 with a dissertation about this artist and photographer, who died in the year 2000. Photography naturally also plays a noteworthy role in the gallery programme of this gallerist, who initiated the “photomeetings”: this is clearly shown by a look at the list of her artists, who range from Lucien Clergue, through Jürgen Klauke and Herlinde Koelbl, to Edward Steichen and Massimo Vitali.
In addition, one of her two exhibition spaces in Luxemburg highlights paintings and sculptures. After having begun with classics of Austrian Modernism from Gustav Klimt to Egon Schiele, Dr Marita Ruiter increasingly turned her attention to international contemporaries. Roland Schauls, who ranks among Luxemburg’s most prominent painters, presently belongs to the coterie of the Clairefontaine artists. If one asks this gallerist which colleagues were role models during the early years of her career, she immediately mentions the legendary Annely Juda from London: “Even at a very advanced age, she still carried the paintings in her own two hands."