120 x 90 cm
If this reminds you of an ethnological carving, you would be right. In the early 1990s Daniel Spoerri created a series of montages for which he used masks and other objects from foreign cultures. Besides his admiration for these beautiful pieces, he was inspired by the observation that on, among other things, the shirts of African chieftains or on pieces of jewellery ordinary items appear which have come from European travellers and are come to be considered precious in another cultural context: bottle openers, soda cans, etc. Daniel Spoerri called this series of works »Ethnosyncretism«. The huddled »Idol« is a replica of a South Pacific fetish and fits well in this wood, which lies like an island in the surrounding landscape. The hammer with the nail on the head perfectly visualises the sayings »to hammer something into somebody« or »to hit the nail on the head«.