Born in Düsseldorf in 1942, Ren Block opened a gallery in Berlin in 1964 at the age of 22. His first exhibitions and performances were arranged by the young artists as Gerhard Richter, Sigmar Polke, Wolf Vostell, Joseph Beuys and Nam June Paik.

He began to work as a professional curator in the '70s. In 1974, he was awarded with the art prize of the German Critics Association for his ten-year gallery program in Berlin. In the same year he opened an exhibition space in New York with I like America and America likes me by Joseph Beuys. He started his work for the Berlin Artists Residence Program of the DAAD, in 1982. Until 1992, he was in charge of the visual artists and composers and organized many exhibitions and concerts.

In 1990, he directed the Sydney Biennial, and 5 years later, the 4th Istanbul Biennial 'Orient/ation'. Since 1997, Ren Block works as director at The Kunsthalle Museum Fridericianum in Kassel.



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