Amor Parvi or The Love Of The Small
05 Mar - 25 Apr 2010
05.03.2010 – 25.04.2010
Opening: Thursday, 5th of March 2010, 9 p.m.
Carl Andre (*1935, US), Marcus Behmer (1879 - 1958, D), Ann Böttcher (*1973, SWE), Ernesto Caivano (*1972, E), Marc Camille Chaimowicz (*"in postwar Paris", UK), Eduardo Chillida (*1924 - 2002, E), Natalie Czech (*1976, D), Theo Ellsworth (*?, USA), Alexander Esters (*1977, D), Haris Epaminonda (*1980, CY), Isa Genzken (*1948, D), Manuel Graf (*1978, D), Hannah Hoech (1889 - 1979, D), Martin Hoener (*1976, D), Line Hoven (*1977, D), Martin Kippenberger ( 1953 - 1997, D), Jutta Koether (*1958, D), Sara MacKillop (*1977, UK), Florian Meisenberg (*1980, D), Cyril Pedrosa (*1972, F), Tom Phillips (*1935, UK), Nicolás Robbio (*1975, BR), Pietro Ruffo (*1978, I), Tomas Schmit (1943 -2006, D), John Stezaker (*1949, UK), Simon Thompson (*1969, UK), Timm Ulrichs (*1940, D)
The return of the small format is a quiet but nonetheless conspicuous phenomenon. It long seemed to be an old-fashioned, picturesque curiosity, hardly capable of bearing contemporary art’s styles, methods and problematic of. But one can now increasingly find small-format works in various fields of present-day art. No previous exhibition has dealt with this transformation, and yet it poses exciting questions: What induced the return of the miniature? What are the works’ qualities and how do they relate to the few miniature statements of past decades?
"Amor Parvi" describes a previously neglected field of relationships, stylistic genealogies and new questions. The interest in the clarity and structure of the small format is shown not to be a modest gesture, but rather an advancement of exacting examination, of “coming closer” and finding a very distinct art experience in this concentrated proximity. And in fact the viewer’s glance often lingers longer on such small-format works than larger works which already seem so revealing from a distance. (Oliver Tepel)