Acme Studios — Guido Bachmann

Supporting Artists since 1972

Guido Bachmann

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Guido Bachmann was a Swiss writer and actor who lived and worked in St. Gallen, Switzerland. Guido’s first novel Gilgamesh was published in 1966. It was met with much controversy, leading to the ‘Burgdorf literary scandal’. Despite this early reception, in 1990, Guido won the Literature Prize of the City of Basel for all of his literary work.

In 1997, he published Life Sentence, the first of an autobiographical novel in two volumes (the second volume, Conditionally Dismissed, was published in 2000) which utilises amateurism as an aesthetic strategy. Life Sentence was awarded the Canton of Bern’s book prize in 1997, followed by the city of Bern’s book prize in 1998. In 2003 he again won the Canton’s prize for Summer Pasture.

Landis & Gyr Stiftung, Switzerland

The Landis & Gyr foundation awards studio scholarships to Swiss artists and cultural professionals in London, Budapest, Sofia and Zug. Its London-based residency partnership with Acme was established in 1987, and provides six month long work/live opportunities for ten Swiss artists per year. Artists are selected for the programme directly by Landis & Gyr Stiftung and must demonstrate a track record of achievement in their field. Over two hundred visual artists, curators, writers, musicians and composers have benefitted from the programme. Residencies are based in Stepney, E1 and are available to Swiss residents only

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