Stefan Banz

Neues Kunstmuseum Luzern / Galerie Bob Gysin

FLOAT LIKE A BUTTERFLY, STING LIKE A BEE.” Muhammad Ali's motto was an apt description of his boxing style. Stefan Banz belongs to the generation of TV kids who grew up with global, live media events like the transmission of Ali's fights. Boxers and pop stars were way ahead of artists in the cult of stardom. For his part, Banz studied art history, worked as an art critic and theorist, and was curator at the Kunsthalle Luzem, which he founded. Now he presents himself as an artist, with photo series, videos, installations, paintings, and texts. Recently he brought the public two exhibitions, a novel, and a theater piece. His image production continually orbits around the legend of the American boxing champion: Muhammad Ali—ein Stück in fünf Bilder (Muhammad Ali—a play in five acts), 2001, tells the tale of the artist Maria Venom, who instigates the fourfold cloning of Ali as the

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