stefan banz is an artist, author, and curator. he 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 initiated and co-founded the kunsthalle luzern and served as its artistic director until 1993. from july 1994 to december 1997 he was the artistic consultant to iwan wirth, and the curator of the galerie hauser & wirth.

since 1993 he has been working as a freelance artist. solo exhibitions amongst others at kunstmuseum luzern; migros museum, zurich; württembergischer kunstverein, stuttgart; ok–offenes kulturhaus oberösterreich, linz; mamco, geneva; museum centrepasquart, biel; institut mathildenhöhe, darmstadt; museum schloss moyland, bedburg-hau; nassauischer kunstverein, wiesbaden; galerie urs meile, beijing and lucerne; and ars futura gallery, zurich. first solo exhibition: galerie apropos, lucerne 1989. in 2000 he received the manor art prize, as well as the recognition award from the city of ­lucerne. from 2004 to 2014 artistic collaborations with caroline bachmann.

in 2005 he was the curator of the swiss pavilion at the 51st biennale in ­venice. in 2009 he initiated the association kunsthalle marcel duchamp (, and in 2010 he co-organized the event marcel duchamp and the forestay waterfall in cully. since then he is the artistic director of the kmd – kunsthalle marcel duchamp | the forestay museum of art.

as an author he has written amongst others about jacques derrida, marcel duchamp, louis michel eilshemius, aldo walker, jeff wall, hans emmenegger, joseph beuys, friedrich dürrenmatt, friedrich glauser, diego velazquez, edouard manet, muhammad ali, bruce nauman, and frank zappa. selected publications: serendipity, zurich 1990; kunsthalle luzern, lucerne 1993; give me a leonard cohen afterworld, ostfildern 1995; platz der luftbrücke (with friedrich kittler), cologne 1996 and nuremberg 2011; 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, german and english edition), cologne, 2001; the muhammad ali’s, nuremberg 2002; un coeur simple, zurich 2003; sms, beijing 2005; laugh. i nearly died, nuremberg 2006; what duchamp abandoned for the waterfall, zurich 2009 (with caroline bachmann); marcel duchamp and the forestay waterfall (ed.), zurich 2010; das wespennest ist eine kathedrale, ein gespräch mit jean-christophe ammann, nuremberg 2011; marcel duchamp: 1° la chute d'eau, nuremberg 2012; aldo walker: logotyp, mit marcel duchamp und william copley im hinterkopf, nuremberg 2012; la broyeuse de chocolat, kunsthalle marcel duchamp at mathildenhöhe darmstadt (co-edited with caroline bachmann and ralf beil), nuremberg 2013; marcel duchamp: pharmacie, nuremberg 2013; das schweigen der junggesellen, nuremberg 2014 (with caroline bachmann); jeff wall: mit dem auge des geistes / with the eye of the mind, nuremberg 2014 (german and english edition), eilshemius: peer of poet-painters, zurich 2015 (winner of the 2016 rollins book award, and the honorable mention in the category "art" of the 2016 eric hoffer book award); and louis michel eilshemius und sein einfluss auf marcel duchamp, vienna 2016.

works in public collections: philadelphia museum of art; kunsthaus zurich; migros museum, zurich; kunstmuseum wolfsburg; kunstmuseum liechtenstein, vaduz; musée d'art modern et contemporain (mamco), geneva; kunstmuseum luzern; fotostiftung schweiz, winterthur; fotomuseum winterthur; museum centre pasquart, biel; musée jenisch, vevey; bundesamt für kultur, berne; nidwaldner museum, stans; flick collection, hamburger bahnhof, berlin; württembergischer kunstverein, stuttgart; frac paysdelaloire, carquefou; neuer berliner kunstverein, berlin, stadt luzern; kanton luzern. selected private collections: hauser & wirth collection, henau; burger collection, hong kong; peter nobel collection, zurich; philippe nordmann (manor), geneva; edition 5, erstfeld; marlis and fritz ammann, frauenfeld; cristina bechtler, ink tree, küsnacht; patrick frey, zurich; roche, basel; credit suisse, lucerne; ubs, zurich, bank julius bär, zurich.

stefan banz lives and works in cully, switzerland, and berlin, germany. website:


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