Walter Keller
Galerie Walter Keller, Zurich, Switzerland

Walter Keller was born in 1953 and grew up near Zurich, Switzerland.  He studied in Zurich and Berlin, and served for several years as Assistant Professor and University Teacher in the European Ethnology and Cultural Anthropology Departments at the University of Zurich. He is the Co-founder of the art magazine Parkett. In 1993 he co-founded the Fotomuseum Winterthur, and served as member and President of the Board until 2004.

In 1993, Keller founded Scalo Publishing (active until 2006). In 2007 he worked freelance for several months for the photo, art, and edition gallery Lumas. He also completed various book and exhibition projects in Switzerland and abroad including a Hasselblad book on Nan Goldin and “LifeTime” the latest book by Jock Sturges. In Shanghai, Keller was the editor of a major book by the photographer and artist Xiao Hui Wang. He served as Member of the Board of Directors of the F+ F School for Arts and Media-design in Zurich. From January until July 2008 Walter Keller was Editor in Chief of the German culture and art magazine DU.  

In 2009 and 2010 he led the start-up for Lady Elena Foster’s (and architect Lord Norman Foster) bookshop, Ivory Press in Madrid and edited a book on non-official Russian art. Since 2010 he has been a gallerist for Galerie Walter Keller, book editor, and writer in Zurich. Additionally, in 2011he was a short-term curator for the non-profit space and gallery for contemporary photography, Langhans Galerie Praha, in Prague. Also in 2011, he was Curator for the exhibition, and editor of the subsequent book, of Michel Comte’s work titled Crescendo fotografico at the Triennale in Milano. He has also collaborated with Carlo Valsecchi for his book and exhibition at the Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto.

Keller is currently curating an exhibition about the origins and the history of capitalism at the Swiss Nation Museum in Zurich titled CAPITAL – Merchants in Venice and Amsterdam, for which Keller served as guest curator and project manager, responsible for content, organisation and budget (opening September 13, 2012).
Currently Keller is also preparing a new exhibition at the Swiss National Museum for January 2014 for adults and kids on the topic of fairy tales. Keller lives and works in and out of Zurich.