Acme Studios — Roman Kurzmeyer

Supporting Artists since 1972

Roman Kurzmeyer

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Dr Roman Kurzmeyer studied history, German and art history at the University of Basel and earned his doctorate with Martin Schaffner and Gottfried Boehm. He is curator of the Ricola Collection in Laufen, a board member of both the Camille Graeser Foundation in Zurich and the Erica Ebinger-Leutwyler Foundation in Lucerne and a member of the purchasing committee of the Kunstmuseum Liechtenstein in Vaduz.

Roman conveys art history as a history of artistic practice, which encompasses both the artists and their working conditions as well as the works themselves and their public exhibition. Accordingly, both the working situation and the distinction between external perception of the individual artistic proposal and that of the author are considered in his student mentoring. His main areas of work are examinations of the influence of living and production conditions on artistic practice; the realization of exhibitions and publications; and texts on contemporary art and the recent history of exhibitions.

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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