Urs Lüthi was born in Lucerne in 1947. He lives in Monaco and Kassel, where he has been a university professor since 1994. An eclectic artist and one of the pioneers of body art, he is considered one of the leading exponents of contemporary conceptual art. Throughout his career, he has experimented with the most varied styles and techniques, including photography, sculpture, painting, and performance.
Since the 1970s, Lüthi has exhibited in such major European galleries as Galerie Tanit, Munich; Galerie Stadler, Paris; Studio Morra, Naples; and Studio Marconi, Milan. In 1974, he took part in Contemporanea, the key avant-garde exhibition of the 1970s organized by Achille Bonito Oliva in the underground parking lot of Rome’s Villa Borghese. In 1975, he participated in the Paris Biennial and, more recently – and not to be forgotten – was Lüthi’s installation in the Swiss pavilion at the 2001 Venice Biennale in which he presented himself lying in the middle of a room. He also had a solo exhibition at Antwerp’s MUDIMA in 2008. His works can be seen in many museums, such as the Kunsthalle in Hamburg, at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, and at the Centre Pompidou and the National Museum Modern Art, both in Paris.