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Daniel Spoerri

Brote (Bread), from Edition MAT


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A founding member of the Paris-based movement Nouveau Réalisme, Daniel Spoerri incorporates into his artwork materials and events encountered in everyday life. His found-object assemblages, coming out of a Surrealist or Dadaist aesthetic, frequently focus on food and the ritual of eating. This work is made up of actual bread embedded with trash and ceramic shards, baked by Spoerri and mounted in a box. Spoerri produced the first of these bread dough objects for a 1961 exhibition at the Galerie Koepcke in Copenhagen, calling them the Catalogue Tabou (taboo catalogues) for the show. Just as an exhibition catalog serves as a record, preserving the event for posterity, these sculptures preserve commonplace ephemeral objects as artworks. While Brote illustrates a creative fusion of form and material, it also isolates in time and space both decay and petrification. [Permanent collection label, 2016]

  • Artist Daniel Spoerri (Swiss, b. Romania, 1930)
  • Title Brote (Bread), from Edition MAT
  • Date 1965
  • Medium Bread, glazed ceramic, and refuse in Plexiglas box on painted wood
  • Edition description 82/100
  • Dimensions unframed | 22 1/8 x 22 1/8 x 6 in.
  • Credit line University purchase with funds from Aurelia Gerhard Schlapp, by exchange, 2013
  • Object number WU 2013.0005.0009

Multiplied: Edition MAT and the Transformable Work of Art, 1959–1965
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 02/07/2020 - 01/03/2021
Bechtler Museum of Modern Art (Charlotte, North Carolina), 05/22/2020 - 09/13/2020

The Modern Meal: Sustenance through Ritual
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 03/31/2017 - 08/06/2017

Moving Parts: Time and Motion in Contemporary Art
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, Washington University in St. Louis, 05/09/2014 - 08/31/2014

4/3/2013 (Received, Discretionary purchase)
Galerie Der Spiegel (Cologne, Germany)

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