Lot 31

Daniel Spoerri

The Table of Albert Anker (The Alpenhorn)


3D Construction and print on glass
100 × 50 cm (39.4 × 19.7 inch)

Sold for €500 (post-auction)


Artwork description

Signed and numbered on the back, in black, Daniel Spoerri, 2/50

Edition, Series


Lot Notes

This work is representative of Spoerri's art both technically and thematically, for it fits into the category of "tableaux pièges”. The artist defined the “tableau piège” technique as follows: "objects found in chance positions, in order or disorder (on tables, in boxes, drawers, etc.) are fixed as they are. Only the plane is changed: since the result is called a picture, what was horizontal becomes vertical. Example: remains of a meal are fixed to the table at which the meal was consumed and the table hung on the wall." 

Indeed,  the "tableaux pièges" often reproduced the meals that had been consumed by some of the most well-known artists in the world. Here, Spoerri makes a reference to Albert Anker (1831 – 1910). Anker was a painter and illustrator whose hallmark was the depiction of the life of Swiss villagers during the nineteenth-century. Due to his popularity, Anker is regarded as Switzerland's "national painter". It is understandable why Spoerri chose this subject matter, if one considers the fact that he has Swiss citizenship. The alternative title, " The Alpenhorn", is an allusion to Anker's preoccupation with the rustic side of Switzerland.






Daniel Spoerri

b. Galați, Romania, 1930


Solo (Selection)
  • 2013 - “Daniel Spoerri. Historia Rerum Rariorum“, Flensburg Museum, Germany (International)
  • 2012 - "Pasquetta", Garden of Daniel Spoerri, Italy (International)
  • 2012 - Museum of Natural History, Vienna, Austria (International)
  • 2007 - "Ultime Cena", Galleria delle Stelline, Milano, Italy (International)
  • 2004 - “Daniel , Master of chance”, Klagenfurt Gallery, Austria (International)
  • 2003 - "Musée sentimental du Giardino", Kunsthaus Grenchen, Switzerland (International)
  • 2002 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Ludwig Museum, Budapest, Hungary (International)
  • 2001 - Museum Tinguely, Basel, Switzerland (International)
  • 1998 - Museum of Contemporary Art, Barcelona, Spain (International)
  • 1990 - Centre Pompidou, Paris, France (International)
  • 1981 - “Le Musée Sentimental de Prusse”, Museum of Berlin, Berlin, Germany (International)
  • 1977 - “Fascination of the Object”, Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Austria (International)
  • 1972 - National Center of Contemporary Art, Paris, France (International)
  • 1968 - “Hahn Collection”, Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (International)
  • 1966 - “Carnaval des Animaux”, Yvon Lambert Gallery, Paris, France (International)
Group (Selection)
  • 1962 - “Dylaby”, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (International)
  • 1961 - “The Art of Assemblage”, Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA (International)


  • Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen (works from the Karl Gerstner Collection)
  • Musée National d’Art Moderne, Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France
  • Museum of Modern Art, Vienna, Works from the Hahn Collection
  • Museum of Modern Art, New York, USA
  • Museum Ludwig, Budapest, Hungary

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