Daniel Spoerri Prose Poems 1959–60

Artwork details

Artist
Daniel Spoerri born 1930
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
Not on display

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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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