Daniel Spoerri
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Les Boîtes, 1961, snare-picture, squared
  after 1960
«Tableau Piège» / Snare-picture

Daniel Spoerri gave the following definition: objects, which are found in randomly orderly or disorderly situations, are mounted on whatever they are found on (table, box, drawer, etc.) in the exact constellation they are found in(...). By declaring the result to be a tableau, the horizontal becomes vertical. For example: the leftovers of a meal are mounted on the table and the table is then hung on a wall (...)”.
The invention of the “snare-picture” marks the beginning of Spoerri’s career as a visual artist. Snare-pictures were first exhibited at the «Festival d’art d’avantgarde», in Paris, Nov.18 – Dec. 1960.