Selbstbildnis als Löwe, 1969, Dieter Roth
Dieter Roth
Selbstbildnis als Löwe, 1969
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Dieter Roth

Selbstbildnis als Löwe, 1969, 1969


Dimensions
25.0 x 28.0 x 25.0 cm
Physical Description
Chocolate, casted
Inventory Number
DBP006
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum
Status
Not on display

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About the Work

The material of this sculpture poses a riddle. Is it stone, wood or terracotta? A vertical seam running along the centre reveals that it has been cast. Much less noticeable, however, is that the lion is made of chocolate, for after several decades it has lost its appetising appearance: maggot holes have changed the chocolate, as has the whitish coating, the so-called fat bloom. 'Self-Portrait as Lion' is not an everlasting work. The changes it is undergoing will ultimately end in decomposition, which actually runs contrary to the real task of this genre - namely to preserve for posterity the likeness of the person portrayed. Dieter Roth's artistic praxis was determined by the decay and transience of his works. His playfully ironic treatment of object and material was built on Dadaist principles.

Work Data

Basic Information

Title
Selbstbildnis als Löwe, 1969 (Original Title)
Title Translation
Self-portrait as Lion, 1969
Artist
Period Produced
School
Object Type
Physical Description
Chocolate, casted
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

Institution
Administration
Collection
Creditline
Sammlung Deutsche Bank im Städel Museum, Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
© Dieter Roth Estate
Acquisition
Deutsche Bank Collection at the Städel Museum

Work Content

Motifs and References

Genre
Main Motif
Associated Persons and Institutions

Iconclass

Primary
  • 48B3 portrait, self-portrait of artist
  • 25F23(LION) beasts of prey, predatory animals: lion

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22.10.2020