Piero ManzoniArtist's Shit 1961

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Artist
Piero Manzoni (1933‑1963)
Title
Artist's Shit
Merda d'artista
Date 1961
MediumTin can, printed paper and excrement
Dimensionsobject: 48 x 65 x 65 mm, 0.1 kg
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 2000
Reference
T07667
Not on display

Summary

In May 1961, while he was living in Milan, Piero Manzoni produced ninety cans of Artist's Shit. Each was numbered on the lid 001 to 090. Tate's work is number 004. A label on each can, printed in Italian, English, French and German, identified the contents as '"Artist's Shit", contents 30gr net freshly preserved, produced and tinned in May 1961.' In December 1961 Manzoni wrote in a letter to the artist Ben Vautier: 'I should like all artists to sell their fingerprints, or else stage competitions to see who can draw the longest line or sell their shit in tins. The fingerprint is the only sign of the personality that can be accepted: if collectors want something intimate, really personal to the artist, there's the artist's own shit, that is really his… (read more)

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