17 February 2014 — 22 April 2014

17 Feb 2014 — 22 Apr 2014


“I remain just one thing and one thing only and that is a clown”
— Charles Chaplin


The circus being a microcosm as well as an ancient entertainment set up, acts as a parallel universe.


There is the mythical aspect as well as the pathos of the scariest act, which is not necessarily the act of the lion tamer and his wild animals, but possibly the clowns and what happens in the exaggerated humanity of their performance. Circling the acts that make up a circus show, the idea of Theatrum Mundi comes to mind.


Theatrum Mundi literally meaning the world stage, this is an apt metaphor for Shakespeare’s plays and how the characters are moved about the stage. It can also be transferred to the traditional English country fair such as St. Faith’s, where drovers from all over the country assembled their cattle, or Sturbridge being the greatestof all of the fairs, held annually where English merchants rubbed shoulders with merchants from the continent and displayed and traded their wares…


‘Later and in a much more modest guise, came the hiring fairs or ‘mops’…


‘Into that quiet, ordinary village one morning would come all the fair gear trailing behind heavy steam engines that pulled into the meadow (and the best of fairs were always on grass, growing dewy as the summer night grew more riotous) and soon took shape’…


‘Tents and caravans, roundabouts and swings, booths and galleries, infinitely curious to the childish eyes peering through open gateways and gaps in the hedges. Nor was it only the mushroom city in the meadow that seized our fancy’.

— Quote from C. Henry Warren, ‘Fairs, Circuses and Music Halls’ by M. Willson Disher.


The love and marvel from the performances of: acrobats, tight rope walkers, jugglers and trapeze artists, showing off extreme human daring skills and imagination goes back in some form to Egyptian, Roman and Medieval life. For example bull jumping in Minoan Crete, lion wrestling in the Roman arenas with gladiators, ancient tumblers and human pyramids seen on ancient Egyptians frescoes, or tightrope walkers over the rooftops and spires of medieval European cities, walking above the heads of Buerghers.


A group show with 28 artists working in a variation of media film / painting / photography / sculpture / drawing is presented circling the theme of the Circus ‘Theatrum Mundi’.


Between illusion, attempts of grandeur and the desire to enchant, the artists want to capture the responsiveness of their audience. Belmacz feels that this is the perfect show to announce the arrival of Spring… come and join the Circus!

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    Installation View

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    Installation View

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  • Untitled

    Michael Buthe

    Untitled, 1992

    mixed technique circular
    40 × 25cm

  • Nebel

    Hanna Mattes

    Nebel, 2009

    40 × 50 cm, Edition 1/5 + 2 ap

  • After the show

    Hanna Mattes

    After the show, 2009

    40 × 50 cm

  • Pace

    Astrid Wagner

    Pace, 2013

    bread, lacquer
    90 × 180 cm, 8 parts, Unique

  • Shade (Kisses)

    Joe Frazer

    Shade (Kisses), 2013

    photogrpahic print
    45 × 61 cm, Edition 3/7 + 3 ap

  • Magician of Melancholia

    Paul Housley

    Magician of Melancholia, 2013

    oil on found object
    42 × 30 cm

  • Something like Blue

    Magdalena Drwiega

    Something like Blue, 2014

    mixed media
    19 × 12cm

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    Peter Blake

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    pencil on paper
    31.6 × 26cm

  • Untitled

    Howard Dyke

    Untitled, 2013

    oil, acrylic, polyester on canvas
    26 × 20.5cm

  • Tumblers

    Joel Tomlin

    Tumblers, 2013

    tin, gesso and tempera wooden
    various sizes

  • Cookie

    Julia Peirone

    Cookie, 2008

    30.5 × 34.5 cm, Edition of 3

  • Blueberry

    Julia Peirone

    Blueberry, 2008

    30.5 × 34.5 cm, Edition of 3

  • Objectified Portrait

    David Dipré

    Objectified Portrait, 2012

    ink on card
    6.7 × 2.2cm

  • Life is a Circus

    Chloe Hughes

    Life is a Circus, 2011

    bronze, cotton, stainless steel
    25.5 × 19.2 × 19.2 cm, Unique

  • Trophies

    Petr Davydtchenko

    Trophies, 2013

    gold plated bronze
    6.5 × 4 × 1.3 cm, Edition of 3 + 1 ap

  • Dunk

    Natasha Kahn

    Dunk, 2013

    gaffer tape and acrylic paint on canvas
    30 × 25cm

  • Untitled

    Morten Skrøder Lund

    Untitled, 2011

    acrylic, varnish and oil on canvas
    34 × 27cm

  • Untitled

    Tomek Baran

    Untitled, 2012

    tempera on canvas
    45 × 35cm

  • Tumbler

    Coco Crampton

    Tumbler, 2013

    glazed ceramic, acrylic paint, wood
    65 × 16 × 10cm, Unique

  • Untitled

    R Goldman


    oil on board
    26.5 × 34cm

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    Installation View


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