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ESTHER EPPSTEIN: MESSAGE SALON. Verlag Scheidegger & Spiess, Zurich, 2016. Distributed in the U.S.A. by University of Chicago Press. 700 pp. with 1241 ills. (363 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 9783858814562 Bilingual in English and German.
Publisher's description: Esther Eppstein is a fascinating figure of Switzerland's thriving cultural scene. In 1996, the Zurich-based artist and curator founded message salon, a traveling space for experimental art practices and ideas. All of message salon's various locations were slated for demolition by 1999, including an old caravan, which was purchased in 2013 by the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art, Zurich, for the museum's permanent collection. Esther Eppstein: Message Salon is the first comprehensive publication on the traveling art space that became in its seventeen years a thriving gathering place where new artists could exhibit and find their way into a welcoming community of artists and art lovers while more established artists could reinvent themselves outside the confines of the traditional gallery system. With eight hundred images, most of which were previously unpublished, the book documents the exhibitions that took place at message salon's various locations, as well as the artists, exhibition-goers, and the different spaces themselves. Accompanying the photographs are essays that reflect on the significance of message salon and the continuing contributions of Eppstein to Switzerland's art scene.
Artist(s):Eppstein, Esther
Indexing: Western, Europe — Switzerland — Post-1990 — Photography, Several Media — Women Artists
Plans: 71
Worldwide Number: 171067
Hardcover $90.00    

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