Caroline Bachmann

Caroline Bachmann


Caroline Bachmann: 2022 laureate of Switzerland’s Prix Meret Oppenheim for art


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Title Information

Edited by Julie Enckell Julliard. Contributions by Paul Bernard and Marta Dziewańska; conversation with Caroline Bachmann by Julie Enckell Julliard

1st edition

, 2022

Text in English and French

approx. 192 pages, 150 color illustrations

25 x 29.5 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-886-7


Caroline Bachmann is one of Switzerland’s foremost contemporary artists. Alongside her independent work in painting and drawing, she has also formed one half of the artist duo Bachmann Banz, together with Stefan Banz, since 2004. Together, the two founded the Kunsthalle Marcel Duchamp—The Forestay Museum of Art in Cully, Switzerland, in 2009. In 2013, Bachmann reinvented herself as an artist and turned to classical themes of painting. She engages deeply with the genres of portraiture, still life, and history painting and takes up existential questions of the metaphysical and the sacred, creating compositions that strive not for a materialistic grasp of reality, but for a depiction of the spiritual dimension of existence.

This first comprehensive and richly illustrated monograph traces Caroline Bachmann’s extraordinary journey through the medium of painting. Essays by renowned experts on Bachmann's work and on contemporary Swiss art, as well as a conversation with the artist, reveal a creative self-discovery that is shaped by the ideals of artistic idols such as Marcel Duchamp, Louis Michel Eilshemius, and Arthur Dove, and set in motion by the courage to reinvent herself through subject, technique, and material.


Caroline Bachmann, born in 1963, studied graphic design at the École des arts décoratifs in Geneva. She lives and works as a freelance artist in Cully and Berlin. In 2007 she has been appointed professor and head of the department of painting and drawing at HEAD—Genève.


Julie Enckell Julliard is an art historian and a director at HEAD—Genève, where she has been head of the Cultural Development Department since 2018. Prior to this, she served as curator and from 2013 to 2018 as director of the Musée Jenisch in Vevey, Switzerland.

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