Franz Gertsch was born in 1930 in Mörigen, Bern, and lives and works in Rüschegg-Heubach, Switzerland. Gertsch has participated in several important international exhibitions over his career, perhaps most significantly in documenta 5 (1972), organized by Harald Szeemann, Jean-Christophe Ammann, and others, which centered upon artists considered by the curators to be "questioning reality." Gertsch’s work was also included in the 1978 and 1999 Venice Biennales. Gertsch has been the recipient of multiple grants and prizes, including a DAAD Grant, Berlin (1974–75), and a cultural award from the Bürgi-Willert-Stiftung (1998). The Museum Franz Gertsch in Burgdorf, Switzerland, is devoted to his work.