Doctoral Students

Ruchama Noorda
Started in , PhD degree awarded in



From the perspective of a visual artist Ruchama Noorda's research project theoretically and visually investigates, across multiple media, the cultural, artistic and spiritual legacy of the late nineteenth- and early twentieth century Lebensreform (Life Reform) movement.



Ruchama Noorda (1979, NL) studied visual arts at the Royal Academy of Art in The Hague (BA, 2002) and the Sandberg Institute in Amsterdam (MA 2004). She made her debut in 2003 with the exhibition The Profitable Art of Gardening in Museum Het Domein in Sittard. In recent work she researched the desire for an all-encompassing ideology in a personal Gesamtkunstwerk. Noorda’s work consists of both installations and performances. In the PhDArts programme she has been working on her visual research ‘ReForm’ since 2009.


Individual projects

    • Public Defense

      On Wednesday 9 December at 13.45 visual artist Ruchama Noorda publicly defends her dissertation entitled ℞eform at Leiden University. The exhibition ℞eFormat takes…

    • Ruchama Noorda exhibits in AP at Galerie van Gelder, curator Julia Geerlings.

      Amsterdam (NL)
    • Spectacular Subdivision

      Ruchama Noorda participates in the project: Spectacular Subdivision. High Desert Test Sites and Monte Vista Projects present this group project curated by Jay…

      Wonder Valley, California

      Ruchama Noorda has created a walking route through the landscape of Limburg, in the framework of the project Life in the Woods.

      Eyserbos, Maastricht (NL)

      Ruchama Noorda is part of the collective Civic Virtue, which organizes this exhibition in collaboration with Sil Krol.

      Stadthausgalerie, Munster (DE)
    • Summer School Marfa

      Ruchama Noorda is a guest artist and advisor during a three-week fieldtrip and fieldwork studio.

      Marfa, Texas (US)
    • FOrmer west: documents, constellations, prospects

      Pantelis Makkas and Ruchama Noorda will participate in the Learning Place of the upcoming Former West Congress.

      Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin (DE)
    • Civic Virtue

      Ruchama Noorda presents work in her collective solo exhibition as part of the collective Civic Virtue.

      W139, Amsterdam (NL)
    • Civic Virtue: Grand Tour 2012

      The collective Civic Virtue (with PhDArts student Ruchama Noorda) lands in Milan for the Italian part of their Grand Tour.

      Kunstverein Milan (IT)
    • Civic Virtue: Grand Tour Berlin

      Group exhibition with a.o. Ruchama Noorda

      Berlin (DE)
    • Type & Characters

      PhDArts student Ruchama Noorda participates in this group exhibition with the collective Civic Virtue.

      Amsterdam (NL)
    • Annunciatie

      Video by Ruchama Noorda at Gartencity #1, parallel events Manifesta 9

      Genk (BE)
    • Present Forever

      55 Contemporary Dutch artists, incl. Ruchama Noorda

      Fatform, Bijlmer, Amsterdam (NL)
    • Now I Lay Me Down To Eat

      Group exhibition with a.o. Ruchama Noorda

      Kunsteverening Diepenheim (NL)
    • Civic Virtue: The Grand Tour

      Group exhibition with a.o. Ruchama Noorda

      Hinterconti, Hamburg (DE)
    • Civic Virtue II

      The collective Civic Virtue presents Civic Virtue II at Villa Dessauer. PhDArts student Ruchama Noorda is a member of the collective.

      Stadgalerie Bamberg (DE)