Günther Ruch (1942-2013)


Günther Ruch (1942-2013)

This group is created te share thoughs and condolances of another networker that is no longer with us. On 27-8-2013 I received news from Vittore Baroni that our friend Gunther Ruch (Switserland) died.....

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RIP - Günther Ruch - Switserland (1942-2013)

Dear mail artist,

how sad, more bad news after the recent demise of Alfio Fiorentino.

Today I received word from Colette Ruch of the fact that our beloved friend Günther Ruch, after a battle with an aggressive illness, is no more with us.

I attach here the image of a “collective” stampsheet created by Günther, he will remain in our shattered networkers’ hearts…

Vittore Baroni at E.O.N.

Günther Ruch (1942, Bernburg, Germany) – network artist, lingua-artist, publisher. After studies in Stuttgart (1959-62) and in Basel (1963-66) where he majored in Graphic Design, he has worked in the area of fine arts. He is the founder and head (jointly with C. Ruch) of the “Atelier R” gallery, that focuses on the alternative trends in the contemporary art, he is also the organiser of the “Out Press” publishing house (since 1973). He was the editor of the“Clinch” magazine (1982-88), one of the key editions of the Internatonal Network Culture of the 1980s, that brought together about 400 participants from 35 countries. Ruch is the author and initiator of a great number of artistic and exhibitional projects, including the following ones: Idea & Communication (Commonpress #36, 1979-80), MA-Congress 86 (1986-87), Mail Art / PTT-Museum (1994), Direct (Galerie Forde, 1995), Sound & Mailbox (1998) and others. He has published some materials on the contemporary network culture, such as: MA-Congress 86 (1987), Clinch - 25000 stamps & stickers (1992), Schenkung – 100 Künstlerbriefmarkenbogen (PTT-Museum & Out Press, 1992), Schweizer MA Szene 1970-80 (1993), Fragmente – visuelle & tonale experimente (2000). He conducted around twenty solo exhibitions in Switzerland, Germany, Italy, Belgium, USA and Japan. He presented his sound poetry programs and performances at various international exhibitions and festivals both in Switzerland and abroad, including such as: Flux-concert (Geneva-Lausanne, 1977), Audio-Art (Lucerne, 1978), Dada-recital (Geneva, 1979), Audio (Stockholm, 1983), Phone-Call (Peney, 1985), Administration-screams (Hasselt, 1989), AB Sound (Bern, 1994) and others. Since 1975 till 1990 he took part in more than 300 group exhibitions, acted as a member of “Ecart” and “The Nomads” perform-groups. He is very active in the area of video art, having created numerous video shows at various European institutions. Since the 1970s he has been deeply involved in the area of stamp art, participating in international exhibitions all over the world. Ruch’s creative activities have been commented on in a great number of articles in international magazines and catalogues, his innovative practice in the area of the contemporary art is the subject for consideration in numerous anthologies and theoretical editions in various countries. Since 1970 he has been living and working in Geneva (Switzerland).


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Comment by Ruud Janssen on April 17, 2015 at 6:46am

Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on October 28, 2014 at 10:23pm

Tiziana and Günther at Ruch place, Switzerland

Comment by TIZIANA BARACCHI on October 28, 2014 at 9:55pm

In 2005 I and Giancarlo Da Lio put Günther in our Project Artists in Frame

Comment by Ruud Janssen on October 29, 2013 at 7:06am

Comment by James Warren Felter 

Günther Ruch Commemorative Issue - from a sheet of 20
Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 14, 2013 at 6:22am

The latest of the "C'est mon Dada" books is by Guenther Ruch from Switzerland who unfortunately could not see the finished book he compiled for Redfoxpress. Seehttp://www.redfoxpress.com/dada-ruch.html for more details.

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 13, 2013 at 4:42pm

Galantai (Hungary) designed a special page for Gunther Ruch as well. Have a look at:


with some wonderful details of his work.


Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 9, 2013 at 6:36pm

Page from a book called Rubber Stamp Concepts  1999 ( Out Print ) by Collette & Gunther Ruch
Page from a book called Rubber Stamp Concepts 1999 ( Out Print ) by Collette & Gunther Ruch
Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 9, 2013 at 6:06pm

Today (9-9-2013) I received this e-mail from Günther Ruch's wife Collette:

I'm deeply sad to write that Günther has unfortunately departed too early - on August 20th 2013 - after fighting an aggressive illness and so he will no longer be able to communicate with you.

Colette Ruch=

Comment by Ruud Janssen on September 7, 2013 at 7:19am

Not many newcomers know Günther Ruch. A pitty since he has thought out some great conceps and designs, and also because he was the energy behind the first congress year 1986. A congress to be held every 6 years. 1992 and 1998 and 2004 and 2010.  So in 2016 there is another chance...

Comment by Ruud Janssen on August 31, 2013 at 6:59pm


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