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The multiples

Dieter Roth - ausgewaehlte Werke

Flattend Poets Bust
Cologne · 1969 · chocolate relief, wrapped, in box · 30 x 42 x 4 cm · edition of 40 · made by Rudolf Rieser, Cologne · published by Taucher Verlag, Cologne · (Dobke 1969.6) A part of the edition: de luxe in aluminium frame, cover design by the artist, with additions (spices) · 78.5 x 54.5 x 6.5 cm

Chocolate, cheese, spices, sugar and even bird seed – rather unusual in the art context – are the materials Dieter Roth used for his multiples. Listing these few materials makes a good guess as to why the relatively small group of multiples was able to draw such attention to his work.

Like many of the Pop artists, the Nouveaux Réalistes and the Fluxus artists Roth in the mid 60s starts to reproduce artistic ideas and manufacture limited editions of his objects. Between the mid 60s and 1971 he creates more than 20 objects and for the most part entrusts the professional bookbinder Rudolf Rieser with their production. Other than with most of his fellow artists these multiples along with his extensive output of printwork make Roth famous and form a significant part of his artistic legacy.