Acme Studios — Lukas Bärfuss

Supporting Artists since 1972

Lukas Bärfuss

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Lukas Bärfuss is a Swiss author and playwright based in Zürich. In 1998 he co-founded the independent theatre group 400asa with director Samuel Schwarz. As part of that collective he wrote multiple radio plays, including Medeää (2000), which won the ZKB Patronage Prize from the Zürcher Kantonalbank, and wrote for other theatres.

Lukas made his prose début with the novella The Dead Men (2002), which describes a bookseller’s retreat from life, driven by a desire for autonomy, egocentrism and over-stimulation. He gained further acclaim with the play The Sexual Neuroses of Our Parents (2003), which was widely translated and staged internationally, before being made into a film by Stine Werenfels. More recent novels include A Hundred Days (2008) and Koala (2014).

Lukas has received numerous honours for his work, including the Mülheim Dramatists’ Prize (2005); the Mara Cassens Prize (2008); the Anna Seghers Prize (2008); the Hans Fallada Prize (2010); the Kulturpreis Berner Oberland (2011); the Solothurner Literaturpreis (2014); the Swiss Book Prise (2014); the Nicola Born Prize (2015); the Johann-Peter-Hebel-Preis (2016); and, the most prestigious prize in German literature, the Georg Büchner Prize (2019).

He has been a member of the Deutsche Akademie für Sprache und Dichtung since early summer 2015.

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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