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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 first Kunsthalle Luzern and served as its artistic director until 1993. He was the artistic consultant to Iwan Wirth, and the curator of the galerie Hauser & Wirth at its beginning from July 1994 to December 1997.

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 Pasquart, Biel, Switzerland; 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 organized the international 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, the world’s « smallest » museum. In 2016 his comprehensive publication Eilshemius: Peer of Poet-Painters won the Peter C. Rollins Book Award in New Mexico and the Eric Hoffer Book Award in New Jersey, and was nominated for the Jan Michalski Prize for Literature in Switzerland.

As an author he has written amongst others about Jacques Derrida, Marcel Duchamp, Louis Michel Eilshemius, Aldo Walker, Jeff Wall, Fischli|Weiss, Hans Emmenegger, Joseph Beuys, Jules Verne, Friedrich Dürrenmatt, Friedrich Glauser, Diego Velázquez, 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 Nürnberg 2011; i built this garden for us, Zurich, 1999; a shot away some flowers, Zurich, 2000; Komplexes System Kunst, Texte und Interviews, Münster et al., 2001; Hell, (Novel, German and English editions), Cologne, 2001; The Muhammad Ali’s, Nürnberg, 2002; Un Cœur 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, Nürnberg, 2011; Marcel Duchamp: 1° la chute d’eau, Nürnberg, 2012; Aldo Walker: Logotyp. Mit Marcel Duchamp und William Copley im Hinterkopf, Nürnberg, 2012; La Broyeuse de chocolat. Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp at Mathildenhöhe Darmstadt (co-edited with Caroline Bachmann and Ralf Beil), Nürnberg, 2013; Marcel Duchamp: Pharmacie, Nürnberg, 2013; Das Schweigen der Junggesellen, Nürnberg 2014 (with Caroline Bachmann); Jeff Wall: Mit dem Auge des Geistes / With the Eye of the Mind, Nürnberg, 2014 (German and English edition); Eilshemius: Peer of Poet-Painters, Zurich, 2015; Louis Michel Eilshemius und sein Einfluss auf Marcel Duchamp, Vienna, 2016; and Rock Upon Another Rock, Essays on Marcel Duchamp, Jules Verne, Joseph Beuys, Max Bill, Fischli|Weiss, and Ai Weiwei.

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 Pasquart, Biel; Musée Jenisch, Vevey; Musée cantonal des Beaux-arts, Lausanne; Bundesamt für Kultur, Berne; Nidwaldner Museum, Stans; Flick Collection, Hamburger Bahnhof, Berlin; Württembergischer Kunstverein, Stuttgart; FRAC Pays de la Loire, 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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