Contemporary art flows in Daniel Spoerri’s Garden

Daniel Spoerri’s Garden in Seggiano, Grosseto, is dotted with works by contemporary artists, like an airy and green labyrinth of shapes where you might feel a little lost, a little dizzy.

Right at the entrance, the Latin motto “Hic terminus haeret” might leave you a little disoriented. It’s from Virgil’s “Aeneid”, Book IV, and evokes both something that is set in stone forever and something written in the sand: ‘terminus’ means “end”, “boundary”, an immutable line drawn by Jupiter; the verb ‘haeret’ has different meanings depending on context, but can be translated as “to hesitate”, “to have doubts”, “to be confounded”, “to be perplexed”.

Indeed, everything in the Garden seems open and flowing. In the 1960s, the Latin word for “flow” became the name of the Neodadaist group Spoerri belonged to, Fluxus. The movement’s artists loved to “improvise their works allowing everything to flow – hence the name ‘Fluxus’ – as if to express that life flows, without rules and full of unforeseen events” (translated from F. Bonami, “Lo potevo fare anch’io”, Mondadori, Milan 2010).

In this Garden of art, the unforeseen reveals itself with beautiful surprises. For instance, among the many contemporary talents who contributed their works to this special place – including Roberto Barni, Giampaolo di Cocco, Eva Aeppli, Nam June Paik, Luigi Mainolfi, Meret Oppenheim, Jesús-Rafael Soto, as well as Spoerri himself, of course) – you might stumble upon Wolfgang Goethe’s “Good Luck Stone”, which is a copy of the sculpture the German poet had installed in his garden in Weimar.

Come see everything flow in beauty, in Daniel Spoerri’s Garden.

Photos via: ©Marcello, ©generatorrr, ©Salvatore Barbera, ©Bene_Detta, ©SARA, ©Thomas M. Zimmermann, ©ryo sax

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Daniel Spoerri, "Walled, labyrinth-like pathway", 1996/98

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Daniel Spoerri, "Walled, labyrinth-like pathway", 1996/98

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Olivier Estoppey, "Dies irae (Jour de colere)", 2001/2002

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Daniel Spoerri, "The mannequins", 1992

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Daniel Spoerri, "Chambre No 13 de l'Hotel Carcasonne, Rue Mouffetard 24, Paris 1959-1965", 1998

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Erwin Wurm, "Doppelhose", 2011

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Karl Gerstner, "Plato's forest", 1998

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Roberto Barni, "Continuous", 1995/2000

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Eva Aeppli, "The Planets"

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Eva Aeppli, "The Zodiac", detail, 1979-80/1999

Kimitake Sato, "The Mask Zura in origami style", 2000

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Luigi Mainolfi, "Fertile land", 1999/2000

Giardino Daniel Spoerri, arte contemporanea, Seggiano, Siena

Arman, "Sedentary monument", 1999/2000

Contemporary art flows in Daniel Spoerri’s Garden

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