Documents the history, people, and significance of a unique space for experimental art in Zürich
Richly illustrated with previously unpublished material
Esther Eppstein is an artist and art educator and a pivotal figure in Switzerland's cultural life. From 1996-2013 she ran her message salon in Zürich, a space for experimental art that soon became a legend and an institution. It was located in various buildings, all of them bound for demolition, and 1998/99 also in an old caravan. The caravan was later purchased by the Migros Museum of Contemporary Art in Zürich for its permanent collection. Throughout its seventeen years, message salon was a cultural beehive humming with artists and art lovers. This new book is a review of the message salon's entire existence and a gallery of people making it what it was: young artists, whom Eppstein offered a first chance to present themselves, the more established ones who could re-invent themselves in this laboratory, and also the public and celebrities who came to admire, experience, and to see and be seen. Richly illustrated with some 800 photographs, Esther Eppstein - message salon is also an homage to an extraordinary personality. The essays tell the story and reflect on the significance of this unique social sculpture. Text in English and German.
About the Author
Esther Eppstein is a Swiss artist, curator, and the founder of message salon, a travelling space for experimental art practices and ideas. Kerim Seiler, born 1974, is a Swiss artist living and working in Zurich.