Frac Centre

Atelier Calder

Open Space






Kristoffer Akselbo



Kenneth A. Balfelt

Nina Beier

Emilie Bergrem

Kaspar Bonnén

Cirque d`Enba de Lyon

Cocktail Designers

Søren Engsted

Fanfare les Talku` Freaks

Thilo Frank

Max Frey

Jeppe Hein

Institut d`Arts Visuels d`Orléans

BIG – Bjarke Ingels Group

Henrik Plenge Jakobsen

Finn Janning

Jacob Dahl Jürgensen

Annette Kelm

John Kørner

Jason Kraus

Claus Larsen

Let me show you the world

Mads Lindberg

Florian Neufeldt

Lilibeth Cuenca Rasmussen

Michael Sailstorfer

Tomas Saraceno

Tove Storch

Kristian Sverdrup

Koki Tanaka

Henrik Vibskov

Ulrik Weck

Jordan Wolfson


Ring of Fire 2009
Steel pipe, gas
Ø 200 cm
A burning ring evokes not only our fascination with fire but also our memories of lion taming, motorcycle stunts and brave acrobats in circus shows. Anyone who dares to leap through the blazing flames is rewarded by applause from the surrounding audience.

1-Dimensional Mirror Mobile 2009
Mirror, steel rope
Ø 60 cm

3-Dimensional Mirror Mobile 2009
Mirror, steel bars and rope
140 x 400 cm
mirrors: Ø 100 cm ; Ø 80 cm ; Ø 80 cm

4-Dimensional Mirror Mobile 2009
Mirror, steel bars and rope
140 x 600 cm
mirrors: Ø 100 cm ; Ø 100 cm ; Ø 80 cm; Ø 60 cm
These mobiles, composed of one, three or four round, two-sided mirrors are inspired by Calder’s kinetic sculptures, though with an added dimension. Looking at this mirror installation as it turns almost imperceptibly, viewers are confronted with an unusual perspective on their surroundings that results from movement, overlapping and multiple reflections of the mirror images. Parts of the room are suddenly located next to or behind one another; views are revealed that would not be possible with the naked eye or could not be seen at the same time, making the surrounding site seem infinite.
As part of this exhibition, the Mirror Mobiles symbolize the fundamental concepts behind the Hein Circus. They reflect the cosmos of the world of the circus and the idea of bringing various artists together. The fact that the audience is reflected in them as well underlines the intention to involve viewers actively, as is done at the circus.

Mirrors and Light 2009
Mirror, light chain
2 mirrors, each : Ø 100 cm, height variable
Mirrors and Light illustrates the expansion of space by means of mirrors that reflect each other, extending into infinity the string of lights hanging between them.

Calder Lamps 2009
Wood, lamps
202 x 69 cm
Taking up the design of Alexander Calder’s floor lamps from his studio, Jeppe Hein combines modular wooden stands with classic clip-on lamps in order to light the artworks in the exhibition dramatically.

Circus Cage 2009
Stainless steel
Cage: Ø 500 cm, height  400 cm; Tunnel: length 110 cm
A huge circus cage defines the gallery space and even though it is made of rough iron rods its structure appears light and open. The slender bended bars offer views from inside and outside.
It refers to tiger cages in traditional circus shows. People are allowed to enter the cage and have a closer look at the artworks presented inside instead of a lion or tiger. Walking through the entrance of the cage seems like entering the circus arena. Inside the cage visitors find themselves in a situation of looking and being looked at. This opens up a new perspective that is strongly perceived as being part of the circus show.

Circus Benches 2009
4 curved benches, each 40 x 60 x 150 cm

Circus Stools 2009
Steel, wood
4 stools: 80 x 100 x 100 cm; 2 stools: 60 x 80 x 80 cm; 3 stools: 50 x 70 x 100 cm; 1 stool: 100 x 120 x 100 cm

Circus Hein Sign 2009
Steel, PVC, LED’s
179 x 15 x 660 cm

Circus Hein Shop 2009
wood, steel, mirror, lamps
263 x 270 x 72 cm (shop); 93 x 98 x 10 cm (mirror)
In addition to his Circus Cage, Jeppe Hein designed other elements based on classic circus architecture: black and gold benches for the audience, round circus pedestals, a large sign with CIRCUS HEIN in letters of red, yellow and black light during the day and blue light at night and a shop that blinks in red and white. Circus artists such as Finn Janning, Cocktaildesigners, Let Me Show You the World, All the Way to Paris, Cirque de l’École Nationale des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, Kenneth Balfelt and King Ayisoba have designed T-shirts, buttons, carrier bags and paste-on moustaches to complete the visitors’ outfits as well as CDs with music, flipbooks, posters and postcard which audience members can take home as souvenirs.


* 1974 in Copenhagen
1997 Royal Danish Academy of Arts, Copenhagen
1999 Städel Hochschule für Bildende Künste, Frankfurt / Main
Lives and works in Copenhagen / Berlin

Selected solo exhibitions

ARoS Kunstmuseum, Århus, Denmark
Contemporary Art Gallery, Vancouver

Frieze Art Project, London
Dan Graham + Jeppe Hein, Johnen & Schöttle, Cologne; Gallery Rüdiger Schöttle, Munich

Carré d’Art, Musée d’art contemporain de Nîmes
Sculpture Center, New York
The Curve, Barbican Art Centre, London

The Moore Space, Miami
Espace 315, Centre Georges Pompidou Paris

P.S.1. MOMA, New York

Selected group exhibitions

Hiroshima City Museum of Contemporary Art
Tate Liverpool

Platform Seoul 2008, Art Sonje Center, Seoul, Korea
Institut d’art contemporain Villeurbanne / Lyon, France
KIASMA, Helsinki
The World as a Stage, ICA Boston

The World as a Stage, Tate Modern, London

Liverpool Biennale

MOCA, Los Angeles

Interludes, 50th Biennale di Venezia


Ring of Fire


4-Dimensional Mirror Mobile


Calder Lamps


Circus Cage