Daniel Spoerri at Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien, through June 27, 2021*

“The Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien is dedicating a comprehensive retrospective to Daniel Spoerri. Born in 1930 in Galaţi/Romania as Daniel Feinstein, he emigrated to Zurich in 1942 – after his father had been murdered in during a Romanian pogrom. Today he lives and works in Vienna after stations in Paris, New York, Symi, Toggwil (Ueberstorf), Düsseldorf and more. In the Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in Seggiano in Tuscany, since 1997 he has also been addressing the sculptural work of fellow artists, including Eva Aeppli, Meret Oppenheim, Nam June Paik, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. With his Snare Pictures (French: Tableaux piège), continuously developed since 1960, Spoerri inscribed himself into the history of art. The exhibition in the Bank Austria Kunstforum Wien enlarges the perspective on this artist and inspired collector who works in almost all artistic media and whose diverse work has focused for the last sixty years on social interactions and the sensuous perception of everyday things – especially pertaining to people’s sense of taste. Besides his assemblages and collages composed of everyday materials, the exhibition will also present his bronze sculptures produced as of 1970, the works related to script and textiles, and his actions, often performed in collaboration with other artists.” — Bank Austria Kunstforum

#26 Flohmarkt Wien, April 2016 (What remains) 2016. Assemblage of various objects, 110 × 140 × 27 cm. Private collection © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021. Photo: © the artist and Galerie Krinzinger
Rat’s Nest, 1977. Assemblage of various objects, 43 × 42,5 × 12,7 cm. Kunsten Museum of Modern Art Aalborg © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021.
Photo: © Niels Fabaek
Fluxus Pegasus, 1987. Assemblage of rug, electric light, horse head (acrylic paint on plaster), horsehair, shells and metal on wood, 99 × 145 × 35 cm. Courtesy of Conz Archive, Berlin © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021. Photo: Giorgia Palmisano
Santo Grappa, 1971. Bronze cast of chair, cow skull and shoe, 160 × 41 × 64 cm. Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation, Vienna, formerly acquired from the Hahn Collection, Cologne 2003 © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021. Photo: © mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, formerly Hahn Collection, Cologne
Tableau piège (Restaurant Spoerri), 1972. Assemblage of tableware and food scraps on blue paper tablecloth, 70 × 70 × 40 cm. Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur, purchase
© Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021. Photo: Bündner Kunstmuseum Chur
Tableau piège (Restaurant Spoerri), 1970/1971. Assemblage of tableware, glasses, cutlery, napkins, remains of candles, food scraps and an ashtray containing cigarette butts, 71 × 71 × 34,5 cm. Kunstpalast, Düsseldorf © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna, 2021. Photo: © Kunstpalast – ARTOTHEK
Restaurant de la City-Galerie , 1965. Assemblage of various objects on chipboard, 120 × 120 × 40 cm. Friedrich Christian Flick Collection in Hamburg Train station, Berlin © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht Vienna, 2021. Photo: Stefan Rötheli, Zurich
Object II of the cycle Objets de magie à la noix, 1966/1967. Assemblage of different objects, 43 x 65.2 x 26.8 cm. Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021. Photo: © Museum Morsbroich, Leverkusen
La Pharmacie Bretonne, 1972–1977. 117 labelled glass bottles filled with holy water, in a triptych with wings each divided into three parts offen | open: 119,7 × 88,5 × 8,4 cm geschlossen | closed: 119,7 × 44,5 × 16,8 cm. Museum of Modern Art Foundation Ludwig, Vienna, formerly Hahn Collection, Cologne © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021. Photo: © mumok – Museum of Modern Art Ludwig Foundation Vienna, formerly Hahn Collection, Cologne
Se laisser manger la laine sur le dos, 1965. Assemblage of various objects, 100 × 100 × 29 cm. Bischofberger Collection, Männedorf-Zurich, Switzerland © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht Vienna, 2021
Palette for Grégoire Müller, 1992. Assemblage of paint tubes, empty terpentine bottles, cleaning rags and various objects on wood, 92 × 214 × 20 cm. ZKM | Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021. Photo: © Tilman Daiber
Daniel Spoerri. Room No 13, 1998. Bronze, 2.5 x 3 x 5 m. Fondazione Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri © Daniel Spoerri and Bildrecht, Vienna 2021. Photo: © Susanne Neumann

Exhibition was curated by Veronika Rudorfer.

Images courtesy Bank Austria Kunstforum.

*Please note that the Bank Austria Kunstforum exhibiton house is currently closed due to lockdown.