Museum Exhibition Catalogues, Monographs, Artist's Projects, Curatorial Writings and Essays
"Ideas arise in the mind, at least before they manifest themselves in sketches, plans, models or immediately in the finished work. Beyond the idea, the initial spark of all great creations, which the classicists help to be the real product of creative thought and action, for Daniel Spoerri it is also that case that all his notions and concepts come only to mature and develop in very specific surroundings. This extends further to the important factor that for Spoerri the space itself becomes the true performance artist with which he enters into an unrelenting dialogue." Excerpt is from Daniel Spoerri: Eaten By.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Thomas Levy. Text by Daniel Spoerri.
A veteran of assemblage art, Daniel Spoerri (born 1930) has always been fascinated by collecting. In his latest series, old washboards are made to serve as a ground for all sorts of found objects and collectibles--bones, teeth, feathers and parts of dolls and figurines.
Published by Kerber. Text by Michael Fuhr, Marie-Louise von Plessen, Ute Woltron, Feridun Zaimoglu.
Before museums, wealthy collectors displayed eclectic assortments of artworks and natural objects in Wunderkammer, or cabinets of curiosities. Daniel Spoerri’s Historia Rerum Rariorum is inspired by this precedent, and unites works from the past two decades with recent pieces.
Published by Kerber. Preface by Christian Köberl.Text by Margit Berner, Bazon Brock, Heike Eipeldauer, Reinhard Golebiowski, Gottfried Korff, Barbara Räderscheidt, Daniel Spoerri.
In this volume, Daniel Spoerri (born 1930) embarks on an unconventional dialogue with objects in the Vienna Museum of Natural History, juxtaposing the collections with his own works of art--which themselves are inspired by the aesthetics of collections and taxonomies.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Oliver Kornhoff. Text by Henning Christoph, Jutta Mattern, Barbara Räderscheidt.
This volume accompanies Daniel Spoerri's exhibition at the Arp Museum, which includes 130 works from the 1960s to the present, from the famous “snare pictures” to wooden and bronze sculptures. Also presented here is an assortment of objects from Spoerri's private collection, which affirm the veteran Nouveau Réaliste as a passionate “archeologist of flea markets.”
Published by Kerber. Text by Dieter Ronte, Wieland Schmied, Christiane Morsbach, Enrico Pedrini.
Daniel Spoerri was a co-signatory of the Nouveau Réalisme manifesto in 1960, an early member of Fluxus and the author of the classic Anecdoted Topography of Chance, which recorded and annotated the contents of Spoerri's desk. In 1968 Spoerri also opened Restaurant Spoerri, introducing his concept of "Eat Art," which he had initiated a decade earlier, and which explored the creation, decay and "trapping" of food upon tables that were then recapitulated as assemblages. Marking the occasion of the artist's eightieth birthday, Daniel Spoerri: Eaten By approaches the theme of food throughout Spoerri's oeuvre, from the early 1960s to the present. It includes the artist's replica of the Restaurant Spoerri, a survey of Spoerri's trap pictures from 1978 to 1992, and a large number of more recent assemblages and sculptures, bringing his audience fully up to date.
Published by Kerber. Edited by Thomas Levy. Essay by Wieland Schmied.
With coincidence as his friend, Romanian-born artist Daniel Spoerri has spent the last half century collecting, trapping, arranging and otherwise freezing in place a vast array of common and uncommon objects. His assemblages, montages and collages tell stories, picture stories made up of objects taken from a magical life. A pioneer in the Nouveau Realisme and Fluxus movements (and author of the classic Fluxus text An Anecdoted Topography of Chance), Spoerri is an assemblage master.