Daniel Spoerri

Daniel Spoerri designed the restrooms for Luna Luna. He created an anti-fascist work with a façade referencing Nazi architect Albert Speer's Reich Chancellery, featuring fake, steaming piles of excrement on columns. Inside, he constructed a 3-D installation that featured objects left at a table following a meal.


Daniel Spoerri


Façade and sculptures for restrooms


1930, Romania

Spoerri founded the concept of Eat Art, a movement that celebrates the acts of eating and drinking by creating art from food and the social situations that surround it

He arranges the objects left on tables after meals—plates, glasses, cutlery, food— into assemblages known as “Snare Pictures”

In 1963, Spoerri transformed Galerie J in Paris into his first ephemeral restaurant, creating a different “Snare Picture” from guests’ leftovers every evening

André Heller and Daniel Spoerri.
Daniel Spoerri.

Swiss-Romanian artist Daniel Spoerri creates sculptures and installations immortalizing objects from daily social encounters. Along with Swiss artist Jean Tinguely, Spoerri was one of the founding members of Nouveau Réalisme (“New Realism”), a movement founded in 1960 by the critic Pierre Restany in which reality was a medium in itself—artists took everyday objects and discarded refuse and combined them to make sculpture, installation, and performance in an antidote to burgeoning consumerism.

Daniel Spoerri sitting at table teacups and other objects to a pink canvas to complete his Façade and sculptures for restrooms for 1987 Luna Luna park
Daniel Spoerri.

While collecting scrap iron for Tinguely, Spoerri began gluing random objects he found in flea markets—especially drawn to the end-of-day leftovers—to the wall in elaborate assemblages, improvising art from chance. These early “Flea Market Carnivals” led to the creation of Spoerri’s well-known “Snare Pictures” in the 1960s, assemblages of detritus left on the table at the end of a meal. The collections of used napkins, empty bottles, and dirty plates are anti-monuments to this simple act, reflecting Spoerri’s long-standing interest in dissolving the boundaries between art and life.

...Spoerri’s long-standing interest in dissolving the boundaries between art and life.

For over six decades, Spoerri has pioneered the Eat Art movement with projects spanning handwritten recipes, palindrome menus, banquets, and an entire restaurant in Düsseldorf (Restaurant Spoerri) serving foods arousing delight, surprise, or disgust among audience members. Spoerri also designed Il Giardino di Daniel Spoerri in 1997, a sculpture park with the work of numerous artists in Seggiano, Tuscany.

Daniel Spoerri, Sculptures for restrooms, exhibited 1987.

Spoerri covered the restroom at Luna Luna with a façade referencing Nazi architect Albert Speer's Reich Chancellery, in front of which he placed a pair of three-dimensional victory columns holding large piles of fake, steaming excrement in an anti-fascist statement. Inside the installation, empty teacups, half-finished bread and cookies, and dirty silverware covered the pink walls surrounding the toilets.

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