Baltensperger + Siepert

«We demand that art does not only question, but also carries the responsibility to shape society.»

Both artists live and work in Zurich, Switzerland. Since 2007, they research joint issues.

Stefan Baltensperger

  • 2011–2014 Master of Fine Arts, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2012 Study visits to Shanghai, China; Burma; and Indonesia
  • 2011 Residency in New Zero Art space, Yangon, Burma
  • 2006–2009 Visual Arts study, New Media, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Aarau and Basel, Switzerland
  • 2007–2009 Assistant to HP. Gutjahr, Tonstudio, FHNW, Aarau, Switzerland
  • 2004–2006 Self-employed in Graphics and Design, Switzerland 
  • 1996–2004 Self-employed working with second-hand clothes shops in Bern, St. Gallen and Winterthur, Switzerland
  • 1992–1996 Initial training as electrician, Switzerland

1976 born in Zurich, Switzerland

David Siepert

  • Since 2013 Lecturer in Media and Installation, Schule für Gestaltung Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland
  • 2011–2014 Master of Fine Arts, Zürcher Hochschule der Künste, Zurich, Switzerland
  • 2012 Study visit in Shanghai, China
  • 2010 Pro Helvetia Residency and at the Al Bareh Gallery in Manama, Bahrain 
  • 2010 iaab-Stiftung Residency, Cairo, Egypt
  • 2012 Semester abroad, Global Arts, Goldsmiths University, London, England
  • 2008 Semester abroad, Fine Arts Department, Parsons the New School, New York, United States
  • 2006–2009 Visual Arts study, New Media, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Aarau and Basel, Switzerland
  • 2005–2006 Foundation course Visual Communication, Fachhochschule Nordwestschweiz Basel, Switzerland
  • 2004–2005 Preparatory course, Schule für Gestaltung Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland

1983 born in Bad Säckingen, Germany

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Solo Exhibitions


2017

«Invisible Philosophy» with book launch, Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland

2016

«Imaginary Landscapes», Janco Dada Museum, Ein Hod, Israel

2015

«Invisible Philosophy», A307, Peking, China

2014

  • «Baltensperger + Siepert, Territories», Nuevas Propuestas, Zona Maco, Mexico City, Mexico
  • «Archive of Various Views», Stefan Baltensperger, Kunstraum Kreuzlingen, Kreuzlingen, Switzerland

2013

«Baltensperger + Siepert, Territories», Galerie A|B|Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland

2012

  • «Censored Dresses, David Siepert», Cabaret Voltaire, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Lucid Dream, David Siepert», Museum St. Moritz, St. Moritz, Switzerland

2011

  • «Same Same but Different», Kunstraum Aarau, Aarau, Switzerland
  • «The Camp West», Kunstétage visarte, Zurich, Switzerland

2010

«Kunst, Kultur und andere Würste», Kaskadenkondensator, Basel, Switzerland


Group Exhibitions

2016

  • «11th Shanghai Biennale», Powerstation of Art, Shanghai, China
  • «Good Night and Good Luck», A PLUS A Gallery, Venedig, Italy
  • «On the Currents of the City», Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany
  • «Transactions – Manifesta 11», Atrium University of Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «B+S DLFODF DK LP SS MS», Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Creating for the Future: Thinking about the Unthinkable», Momentum, Berlin, Germany

2015

  • «3rd Ural Industrial Biennial», Yekaterinburg, Russia
  • «Ohne Rast», Öffentlicher Raum, Zug, Switzerland
  • «Auf in den Süden», Altes Kantonsspital, Zug, Switzerland
  • «Swiss Art Awards 2015», Messe, Basel, Switzerland
  • «A Very Hot Pot», Inna Artspace, Hangzhou, China

2014

  • «Catch of the Year 2014», Dienstgebäude, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Auswahl 14», Aargauer Kunsthaus, Aarau,  Switzerland
  • «Blurred Lines», Galerie A|B|Contemporary, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Baltensperger + Siepert», König Büro, Kunst 14 Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland 
  • «Beijing International Art Biennial», Peking, China
  • «Apropos», Sihlquai 55, Inspace Visarte Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Herrliche Zeiten», Public Space, Zug, Switzerland
  • «Werkschau 2014 des Kantons Zürich», F+F Schule für Kunst und Design, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Bootsflüchtlingstage Zürich», Predigerkirche, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Side Effects», Gallerie A|B|Contemporary, Hammerstrasse, Basel, Switzerland
  • «Ernte 2014», Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland

2013

  • «Regionale 14», Haus der elektronischen Künste/Kunsthaus Baselland, Basel, Switzerland 
  • «RotKot», TomBola, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «The Camp West», La Plataforma, Barcelona, Spain
  • «Innen + Aussen», Galerie Affenfaust, Hamburg, Germany

2012

  • «Act 1», Substitut, Berlin, Germany
  • «Everything has its way», Paper Exhibition, Vision Magazine, China
  • «Shanghai Biennale», collaboration with Shi Qing, Shanghai, China
  • «The Camp West», Project presentation, Parking Gallery, Johannesburg, South Africa
  • «Kunstpause», Altstadthalle, Zug, Switzerland
  • «Fresh / Friss 12», Kogart Galerie, Budapest, Hungary
  • «We the Public», Swiss Artistic Research Network Conference, Lucerne, Switzerland

2011

  • «Everyone is a Photographer - Aktuelle Lo-Fi Fotografie», Galerie/Artspace Milieu, Bern, Switzerland
  • «Together in Electric Dreams», Beton7, Athen, Greece
  • «Together in Electric Dreams», Haus für Elektronische Künste, Basel, Switzerland
  • «Cité++», Kunst im öffentlichen Raum, Max Bill Platz, Zurich, Switzerland
  • «Von Freundschaften und anderen Bündnissen», Irbis Eis Galerie, Samedan, Switzerland

Awards and Grants


2015

Studio Residency Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland

2014

Prize Werkbeitrag of the Fachstelle Kultur, Kanton Zürich, Zurich, Switzerland


Publications


Artist's website

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"Invisible Philosophy", 2017. Publication, 183 pages + 92 pages handwritten texts in Mandarin, Amsel Verlag Zurich. © and photo: the artists
"Society Is Too Realistic", 2017. Neon letters, 25 x 350 x 3.5 cm. © and photo: the artists
Installation view at the Museum Abteiberg, Mönchengladbach, Germany, 2016. "DestiNation", 2013–2016. Fiberglass, resin, aluminium, spotlights, solar cells, battery, electronics, electromotor, 2.4 x 2.4 x 3.8 m. © und photo: the artists
Exhibition at Binz39, Zurich, Switzerland, 2016. “Imaginary Landscapes”, 2015. C-Print on Fujicolor Crystal Archive paper, 68 x 46 cm. © and photo: the artists.
“Invisible Philosophy”, 2015/2016. Production at the Beijing studio, installation, notebook. © and photo: the artists.
“Deprussion Made in Russia”, 2015. Performance, tattoos, dimensions variable. © and photo: the artists.
Exhibition view «Herrliche Zeiten» at the lakeside in Zug, Switzerland, 2014. “Monument to a Monument”, 2014. Wood (Larch, spruce und pine), 3.1 x 3.1 x 4.3 m. © and photo: the artists.
From the series “Desire Lines”, 2013. Chalk on acid-free paper, 30 x 40 cm. © and photo: the artists.
From the series “Desire Lines”, 2013. Chalk on acid-free paper, 30 x 40 cm. © and photo: the artists.
“About Negotiation”, 2014. Video 23:56 min. © and video still: the artists.

“Drawing Boundaries”, 2012. Silk/cotton, unicolor flags from different countries, 90 x 130 cm. “Liberia/USA/Puerto Rico/...)” in private courtesy. © the artists. Photo: König Büro.
“The Camp West”, 2011. Video 2:20 min. © and videostill from a publicity: the artists.
Left: Stefan Baltensperger
Right: David Siepert