Caroline Bachmann und Stefan Banz

Opening 26.8.11


started working together in Summer 2004.

Caroline Bachmann was born in Lausanne and grew up in Cully, Switzerland. From 1983 to 1987 she studied at the Academy of Arts and Crafts in Geneva. From 1987 to 1990 she worked in the studio of internationally acknowledged Spanish graphic artist Peret in Barcelona. In 1990 she co-founded the agency V.I.T.R.I.O.L., Barcelona. From 1991 to 2002 Bachmann lived in Rome. She took part in the ORESTE Projects from 1997 until 2000, featured, among the other venues, in the Italian Pavilion of the 48th Venice Biennale, curator Harald Szeemann and participated in solo shows and group exhibitions – especially in Italy and Switzerland. She received a grant for a residence in Berlin from the Aargauer Kuratorium in Aarau, Switzerland. Since 2007 she is a Professor for Painting and Drawing at the HEAD in Geneva, Switzerland. In 2009 she co-founded the Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, and in 2010 she co-organized the event Marcel Duchamp and the Forestay Waterfall in Cully, Switzerland, both with Stefan Banz. Caroline Bachmann lives and works in Cully, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany.

Stefan Banz was born in Sursee and grew up in Menznau, Switzerland. From 1982 to 1991 he studied Art History, German Literature and Literary Criticism at the University of Zurich. In 1989 he co-founded the Kunsthalle Luzern and served as its artistic director until 1993. Since then he has been working as a freelance artist. He has participated in solo and group exhibitions in international galleries, art institutions and museums such as Museum of Art Lucerne, Migros Museum Zurich, Würtembergischer Kunstverein Stuttgart, OK – Offenes Kulturhaus Oberösterreich, Linz; MAMCO Geneva; Museum CentrePasquArt, Biel; Walker Art Center Minneapolis; and Kunsthaus Zurich. He has also written plays, novels, theoretical texts and critical essays about artists and personalities such as Jacques Derrida, Marcel Duchamp, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Nauman, and Frank Zappa. In 2000 he received the Manor Art prize, as well as the Recognition Award from the City of Lucerne. In 2005 he was the curator for the Swiss Pavilion at the 51st Biennale in Venice. He was also a Member of the Swiss Federal Art Committee from 2001 to 2007. In 2009 he co-founded the Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp, and in 2010 he co-organized the event Marcel Duchamp and the Forestay Waterfall in Cully, Switzerland, both with Caroline Bachmann. Selected publications: Serendipity, Zurich 1990; Kunsthalle Luzern, Lucerne 1993; Give Me A Leonard Cohen Afterworld, Ostfildern-Stuttgart 1995; Platz der Luftbrücke (with Friedrich Kittler), Cologne 1996; i built this garden for us, Zurich 1999; a shot away some flowers, Zurich 2000; Komplexes System Kunst, Texte und Interviews, Münster-Hamburg-London 2001; Hell, (novel), Cologne, 2001; The Muhammad Ali’s, Nuremberg 2002; Un coeur simple, Zurich 2003; SMS, Beijing 2005; Laugh. I nearly died, Nuremberg 2006; Marcel Duchamp and the Forestay Waterfall, Zurich 2010; Das Wespennest ist eine Kathedrale, Ein Gespräch mit Jean-Christophe Ammann, Nuremberg 2011. Stefan Banz lives and works in Cully, Switzerland, and Berlin, Germany. Website:

Solo Exhibitions

2011    Alive Has No Sound, Galerie Crone, Berlin
            CocoHeal me, ABContemporary, Zurich
2008    Helter Skelter – Painting With The Beatles, Galerie Urs Meile, Lucerne, Switzerland  
2007    The Red Carpet, Timezone 8, 798, Dashanzi Art District, Beijing, China
2006    Ting Bu Dong, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing, China (catalogue)  
            Laugh. I nearly died, CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (catalogue)

Selected Group Exhibitions
2011    Von Horizonten, Aus der Sammlung des Fotomuseum Winterthur,
            Fotomuseum Winterthur,  Switzerland, 
            Born, Galerie C, Neuchâtel
            Kunstbetrieb. Kunstsammlung Nr. 6 im Alpenhof,  St. Anton, Switzerland
2010    I Want to Grasp Things with the Mind the Way the Penis is Grasped by the Vagina, Galerie
            Davel 14, Cully, Switzerland (catalogue)
            Let the Jangtze Flow, Hubei Institut of Fine Arts, Wuhan, China (catalogue)
2009    Parcels for the Promised Land, Kunstbüro, Berlin
2008    Eclairages – Regards sur les collections du musée, Musée Cantonale des Beaux-Arts,  
            Lausanne, Switzerland (leaflets)
            Nationale Kunstausstellung, Autofriedhof Kaufdorf, Kaufdorf, Switzerland (catalogue)
            Lasciami, Sculpture Projects, Bex, Switzerland (catalogue)
            Replay, Haus für Kunst, Uri, Switzerland (catalogue)
            La chute d'eau, Circuit, Lausanne, Switzerland (leaflet)
2007    Top of Central Switzerland, Zeitgenössische Kunst aus der Zentralschweiz,
            Kunstmuseum Luzern, Switzerland (catalogue)
            Werkbeiträge der Stadt und des Kantons Luzern, Kunstpanorama, Luzern, Switzerland
            14, Galerie Davel 14, Cully, Switzerland (catalogue)
2006    In the Alps, Kunsthaus Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland (catalogue)
            The Culture of Fear, Stiftung Federkiel, Leipziger Baumwollspinnerei, Leipzig, Germany
            Reisenbahnen, Kunstmuseum Olten, Switzerland
            Laugh. I nearly died, CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (catalogue)
2005    Helden heute/Héros à jamais, CentrePasquArt, Biel, Switzerland (catalogue)
            Hier/Anderswo, Kulturpanorama, Lucerne, Switzerland
2004    Jahresausstellung, Kunstmuseum Luzern, Lucerne, Switzerland
            Facts Are Stupid Things, Galerie staubkohler, Zurich, Switzerland


2011    Tenderness and Temperature, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg / Kunsthalle Marcel
            Duchamp, Cully
2010    Marcel Duchamp and the Forestay Waterfall, JRP Ringier, Zurich
2009    What Duchamp Abandoned for the Waterfall, Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich
2007    Helter Skelter – Painting with the Beatles, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Luzern
2006    Ting Bu Dong, Paintings and Installations, Galerie Urs Meile, Beijing-Luzern

            Laugh. I nearly died, Verlag für moderne Kunst, Nuremberg

2007      Werkbeitrag from the City and the Canton of Lucerne