Daniel Spoerri Prose Poems 1959–60

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Artist
Title
Prose Poems
Poèmes en prose
Date 1959–60
Medium Glass, paper, ceramic, metal and plastic on wood
Dimensions Unconfirmed: 690 x 542 x 361 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1982
Reference
T03382

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Spoerri called his relief works tableaux-pièges (picture-traps), because they involved fixing or 'snaring' objects found in chance positions on table tops or in drawers. These were hung vertically on a wall, like conventional pictures, and were intended to create visual discomfort in the viewer. In this work, the remains of a meal are preserved on a wooden board that the artist used as a table while living in a small room in a Paris hotel. The title derives from the book by the Swiss poet Robert Walser (Dichtungen in Prosa, or 'Poems in Prose').

August 2004

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