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ZIRKUS MINIMUS - WALDEN KUNSTAUSSTELLUNGEN

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Published on Oct 12, 2009

When we invited the fine art photographer Edmund Piper to an exhibition in spring 2009 we were surprised that instead of showing a selection of his photographs, he was about to widen the scope of his artistic work. His installation, composed of elements he was already familiar with, dealt with social aspects of Berlins expanding art scene.

ZIRKUS MINIMUS BIG VISIONS IN SHRUNKEN MARKETS - 4/2009

Edmund Piper, the man behind two German satellite art fairs (Berliner Kunstsalon/ tease art fair, Cologne) and an artist himself opened ZIRKUS MINIMUS, a 100 m2 art fair with 44 exhibition booths on a scale of 1:10. It leaves the visitors to look at the art market literally at their feet or to catch a glimpse of the state of construction which is usually hidden during exhibitions. Edmund Piper and Walden Kunstausstellungen invited some of the protagonists of Berlins art scene, who arranged the exhibition booths with either their own pieces of art or pieces of artists they are representing. This link to reality is characteristic of Edmund Pipers installation, and the social function to offer a new area for communication - was one of the main aspects of the fair
ZIRKUS MINIMUS 2.0. - AN ART FAIR WITHIN AN ART FAIR 9/2009

Showing ZIRKUS MINIMUS 2.0 at the PREVIEW BERLIN was an experiment to tell the story within a story. This time the structure dealt with the entrance hall of Tempelhof Airport, where the Preview took place this year, creating a link to the given situation and providing an overview of part of Berlins art scene. Here again, different galleries and projects arranged pieces of art on a scale of 1:10 into the provided structure. This time, the social function of the installation was also minimized, therefore integrating a new dimension, an art fair which is a part of an art fair. The space the artist had to work within raised new questions: Is it possible to create a point of reference within an architecture which was meant to overpower? Or will it offer new possibilities of association?

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