02.12.2015 to 30.01.2016 - MQ ART BOX
Daniel Spoerri: A Pretty Christmas Mess
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Opening: Wed, Dec 02, 19:00
Location: MQ ART BOX
“This constant metamorphosis is, I think, what it is to be alive.”
For the Advent season, Daniel Spoerri has interlinked two installations specifically for the Art Box: a few Christmas tree skeletons and the work alpha & omega, created in the years 2010–2015. The first and last letters of the Greek alphabet represent the beginning and the end of life. Children’s and dolls’ chairs serve as bases for the skulls. The objects originate from different cultures: an Aborigine skull from New Guinea with nasal bone jewelry was mounted on a classroom chair from the former GDR. A Celtic skull from archeological finds in Hallein (a gift from the deceased fellow artist Alfons Schilling) “sits” on a sky-blue children’s kitchen stool.
Daniel Spoerri first exhibited his Christmas trees without needles in 1981 at the Berlin exhibition “Musée sentimental de Prusse” under the heading “Christmas”.
Daniel Spoerri is one of the founders of “Nouveau Réalisme,” an art movement of the early 1960s that aimed to depict reality just as it is. In addition, Spoerri founded “Eat Art” and numerous series of works in the field of assemblage.
He has received many awards. In 2016 he was awarded the Lovis Corinth Prize.
Daniel Spoerri has lived in Romania, in Switzerland, France, Greece, Germany, Italy and Austria. He established two foundations: The sculpture park “Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri – Hic Terminus Haeret” in Tuscany, and an exhibition gallery and restaurant in Hadersdorf am Kamp in Lower Austria.