Claude Sandoz. A Kind of Panorama

Claude Sandoz. A Kind of Panorama

Anse Chastanet, St. Lucia 1997–2018

Claude Sandoz's exubertant art, inspired by Caribbean culture, literature and philosophy



Title Information

Edited by Fanni Fetzer. With contributions by Philip Ursprung and Fanni Fetzer, and a conversation with Claude Sandoz by Laura Breitschmid

1st edition

, 2018

Text English and German


176 pages, 83 color illustrations

21 x 29.7 cm

ISBN 978-3-85881-606-1

In cooperation with Kunstmuseum Luzern


Since 1997, artist Claude Sandoz has been sharing his time between his native Switzerland and the Caribbean island of St Lucia. Each time he returns from the Antilles, he brings back chests of sketches and drawings produced during his stay. The island topic provides an assortative focal point for his exuberant work. Sandoz is no longer a tourist, he has “gone native” of his second home and developed a much more complex relationship with St Lucia than a mere seasonal artist’s residence would allow.

This moment in Sandoz’s art that ethnologists describe as going native is the focus of this new monograph: when own and alien match, overlay with and possibly enrich each other. The book features a vast selection of Sandoz’s works, complemented by topical essays and a conversation with the artist. Interspersed poems by Caribbean writers round out the book.

The book is published to coincide with a major retrosepctive of Claude Sandoz's work at Kunstmuseum Luzern in summer 2018.

Authors & Editors

Fanni Fetzer

, born 1974, is Director of Kunstmuseum Luzern.

Claude Sandoz

Philip Ursprung

, born 1963, read art history, history, and German literature and linguistics at the universitries of Geneva, Vienna and Berlin. He has been a professor of modern and contemporary art at University of Zürich 2005–11 and a professor of histroy of art and architecture at ETH Zurich since 2011.