Daniel Spoerri was born on March 27, 1930 in Galati, Romania. His father was killed during the Lasi pogrom in June 1941. He took refuge with his family in Switzerland in 1942. He began a career as a dancer in 1954, he became the first dancer of the Bern Opera, then was assistant director on stage at the Landestheater in Darmstadt from 1957 to 1959, where he created the avant-garde poetic review MATERIAL.Read More
In the same year, he produced his first trap paintings, the process of which he later explained in Une Topographie anecdotée du Hasard in 1962. Living in Paris in 1960, he created the MAT editions (Multiplication d'Art Transformable) and published multiples (artist's books, box-objects, sculptures, etc.) by Yaacov Agam, Josef Albers, Pol Bury, Marcel Duchamp, Heinz Mack , Dieter Roth, Jesús-Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, François Morellet, Victor Vasarely and many others.
Close to Tinguely since 1949 and to Yves Klein, he signs the aesthetic declaration of new realism. Friend of Robert Filliou (1926–1987) since 1959, he became closer to George Brecht and George Maciunas, all creators of Fluxus. After transforming the J. gallery into a restaurant and the tables of meals eaten by friends into a work of art, Spoerri opened a restaurant in Düsseldorf and the Eat-Art Gallery where he exhibited in particular Joseph Beuys, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Richard Lindner, François Morellet and Roland Topor.
Today, Daniel Spoerri exploits the magical character of the found object, making assemblages where animal skulls, orthopedic instruments, meat grinders mingle, which become the idols of an invented primitive art, making fun of beliefs and artistic conventions. On this principle, he designed 'the Bodies in pieces' at the castle of Oiron in 1993, a parody of trophies composed of elements of armour, prostheses, African masks, wooden horse heads...Spoerri opened a foundation in Tuscany in 1997 with a sculpture park.
Text courtesy Galerie Anne Barrault.