Daniel Spoerri, Le Chef (The Chief), 1991, mixed media, 82 11/16 x 35 7/16 x 23 5/8".


Daniel Spoerri

Centro Pecci, Prato
Viale della Repubblica 277
June 19, 2013–April 29, 2007

Curated by Stefano Pezzato

Long before Félix González-Torres piled candies in corners or Rirkrit Tiravanija served up pad thai, Daniel Spoerri created work that related to its audience through the belly: For his “trap pictures,” which he started making while affiliated with Nouveau Réalisme in the early 1960s, he affixed the crockery and detritus left by his dinner guests to the table and hung the tabletops on the wall like paintings. Though the artist is best known for these and other food-related works—the guest lists for meals at the Restaurant Spoerri (1968–72) read like a veritable roll call of the ’60s avant-garde—they are just one chapter in a diverse oeuvre that includes flea-market assemblages and large-scale installations. Curated by Stefano Pezzato with roughly 150 works, this major retrospective (and the accompanying catalogue, which includes texts by the artist) will offer a broad view of Spoerri’s multifaceted career.