*1930 in Galati, Romania
He lives and works in Vienna, Austria
Before Gorden Matter Clark opened FOOD and Rirkrit Tiravanija served up pad thai, Daniel Spoerri created works that related to its audience through the belly. Best known is Spoerri for his Trap-pictures, which he developed in the early 1960s. Food scraps on and next to dishes, left by his dinner guests on the table, were fixed on a surface and hung on the wall, like a painting. Other chapters include the opening of the Restaurant Spoerri, together with Carlo Schröter in Düsseldorf in 1968 and the publication of the Edition MAT (Multiplication d’art transformable), one of the first postwar initiatives to fabricate and disseminate series of multiples. In his work, Spoerri addresses sociocultural aspects of eating; questions our eating habits, as well as culinary and artistic conventions. As a major influence on EAT ART, Spoerri’s works are held by public and private collections, including the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the Museum of Modern Art in New York.
The assemblage “Erst letzt das erste” (2009-2010) is pieced together from objects found on Paris flea markets. The objects, fixed to a surface, are hung on the wall like a painting. Asked about the work, Spoerri said, “They’re conglomerations of objects that I’m only now daring to put together because the courage to say these last things should be rising right now as time is running out.”
Erst letzt das erste, 2009-2010
Assemblage with lamp
Ø 60 cm, H: 63 cm
Signed and dated