Caroline Bachmann

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


Title Information

Edited by Julie Enckell. With an essay by Paul Bernard and a conversation between Caroline Bachmann and Julie Enckell

1st edition

, 2022

Text in English and French


192 pages, 214 color and 1 b/w 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 (1961–2021), from 2004 to 2014. 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. The essay by Paul Bernard, curator at MAMCO, Museum of contemporary art of Geneva, as well as a conversation with the editor Julie Enckell and 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 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.

Authors & Editors

"At the right time, the book appears, as if to confirm the importance of this French-speaking artist-painter. To highlight the extremely structured system to which she backs her work, and that she began to develop in 2013." Rinny Gremaud, Le Temps

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Nuage cercle avec cadre, 2016, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80cm © Caroline Bachmann

Mai-Thu Perret, 2021, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm © Caroline Bachmann

Iris blanc, 2019, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm © Caroline Bachmann

Double arc-en-ciel flottant, 2021, Oil on canvas, 40 x 30 cm © Caroline Bachmann

Vaudaire orange, 2021, Oil on canvas, 80 x 80 cm © Caroline Bachmann

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