Daniel Spoerri





sans titre, 2012
Faux tableaux piège
Mosaiques années cinquante
70 x 100 cm



Die Ausnahme, 2012
technique mixte
60 x 46  x 12 cm





Bamler “Bergsteiger” / “L’alpiniste”, 1998
Détrompe l’oeil
technique mixte
50 x 65 x 15 cm





sans titre, 2007
assemblage, technique mixte
49,5 x 39 cm







sans titre, 2003
cabinet anatomique : le colon
assemblage, technique mixte
36,5 x 34,5






Haar-Weinende (Pleurant des cheveux), 2008
résine et cheveux
32 x 22,5 cm






Petit monument à la merde, 2008
koprolith, bronze et marbre
21 x 12,5 cm







sans titre, 2012
cabinet anatomique
assemblage, technique mixte
36 x 34 cm





Background Fürtler, 2008
assemblage, technique mixte
37,5 x 35,5 cm




sans titre, 3 octobre 2015
rage de tableaux
technique mixte
125 x 160 x 45 cm






La bibliothèque de livres de recettes, 1990
avec les estampes de Roland Topor, Dieter Roth, Alfred Hofkunst, Bernhard Luginbuhl, Karl Gerstner, Christian Ludwig Attersee, Bernard Blume, Katharina Duwen, Sabine Schroer, Fritz Scwegler
59 x 55 x 34,5 cm






sans titre, 2016
détrompe l’œil
42 x 34 x 6 cm




Daniel Spoerri was born on March 27th1930 in Galati, Romania. His father was killed during Lasi pogrom in June 1941. With his family, he seeks refuge in Switzerland.

He starts his career as a dancer in 1954, and becomes the first dancer of Berne Opera. Then, from 1957 to 1959 he is the assistant stage director at Darmstadt Landestheater and creates the magazine of avant-garde poetry  “MATERIAL”.

In 1960, he makes his first snare-pictures, and later explains their process in “Topographie anecdotée du Hasard” in 1962.

Living in Paris in 1960, he founds MAT (Multiplication d’Art Transformable), a publishing house, and publishes multiples (artist’s books, boxes with objects, sculptures…) of Yaacov Agam, Josef Albers, Pol Bury, Marcel Duchamp, Heinz Mack, Dieter Roth, Jesus-Rafael Soto, Jean Tinguely, François Morellet, Victor Vasarely and many others.

Close to Tinguely and Yves Klein since 1949, he signs the aesthetic declaration of New Realism.

A friend of Robert Filliou (1926-1987) since 1959, he approaches George Brecht and George Maciuna, the creators of Fluxus.

After converting gallery J. into a restaurant and the dinner tables with the meals eaten by friends into works of art, Spoerri opens a restaurant in Dusseldorf and the Eat-Art Gallery where, among others, Joseph Beuys, Nikki de Saint Phalle, Richard Lindner, Morellet and Topor are exhibited.

Today, Daniel Spoerri exploits the magic characteristic of found objects, assembling skulls of animals, orthopedic instruments, meat mincers, which become the idols of an invented primitive art, mocking artistic beliefs and conventions. On this principle, he conceives “les Corps en Morceaux” at château d’Oiron (Béarn des Gaves) in 1993, a parody of trophies made of armor pieces, prostheses, African masks, heads of wooden horses…

Spoerri opens a foundation in Tuscany in 1997 with sculptures in the garden.



Solo exhibitions


  • Daniel Spoerri | MAMAC - Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice | Curated by: Rébecca François
  • 2017

  • Daniel Spoerri | Galerie anne barrault – Paris

  • Group exhibitions


  • TOPOR N’EST PAS MORT | Galerie anne barrault – Paris
  • Gigantisme - art & industrie | FRAC Grand Large - Hauts de France
  • 2016

  • Topor, Morellet, Spoerri : La volonté de distance | curated by Alexandre Devaux | Galerie anne barrault – Paris | Curated by: Alexandre Devaux
  • press

    ARTFORUM * September 2017
    critics’ picks by Todd Meyers


    ARTPRESS * December 2016
    review by Erik Verhagen


    Upcoming exhibitions

    • Daniel Spoerri
      MAMAC - Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain de Nice
      Curated by: Rébecca François
      22 May 2021 - 3 October 2021
    • Happy Birthday Mr Spoerri !
      Galerie anne barrault – Paris
      29th August - 10 October 2020

    Gallery exhibitions

    books & prints

    Daniel Spoerri - L’instinct de conservation

    L'instinct de conservation

    Daniel Spoerri and Alexandre Devaux

    Buchet Chastel


    18,5 x 20,5 cm

    160 pages

    19 €

    Monsters are Inoffensive

    Monsters are inoffensive

    Robert Filliou, Daniel Spoerri, Roland Topor

    galerie anne barrault / Panique Publishers


    45 €

    3 préservatifs tricotés, tripotés, tricolores

    Daniel Spoerri


    23 x 5,5 cm (1 préservatif)

    500 €

    Daniel Spoerri - Topographie anecdotée du hasard

    Topographie anecdotée du hasard

    Le Nouvel Attila and le Bureau des Activités Littéraires

    1961 - 2016

    396 pages

    25 €