Acme Studios — Markus Werner

Supporting Artists since 1972

Markus Werner

Landis & Gyr Stiftung Residency

Markus Werner was a Swiss writer, best known for the novels Zündels Abgang (1984, trans. Michael Hoffman 2013), Am Hang (2004, trans. Robert E. Goodwin 2014), Die kalte Schulter (1989, trans. Michael Hoffman 2016). In 1974 Markus completed a doctorate on Max Frisch, whose writing was an important influence. From 1975 to 1985, Markus worked as a teacher, and from 1985 to 1990 as an assistant professor at the Kantonsschule (high school) in Schaffhausen. He dedicated himself exclusively to writing after 1990.

In 1999, Marcus was the recipient of the Hermann-Hesse-Literaturpreis, followed by the Joseph Breitbach Prize (received jointly with Ilse Aichinger and W. G. Sebald) the subsequent year. In 2002, he was awarded the Johann Peter Hebel Prize of Baden-Württemberg and in 2005 he received the lifetime achievement award of the Swiss Schiller Foundation.

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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