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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