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Dieter Roth (April 21, 1930 – June 5, 1998) was a Swiss artist who gained recognition for his diverse body of work, which included artist's books, editioned prints, sculpture, and creations from found materials, including rotting food stuffs. He was also known as Dieter Rot and Diter Rot. Born in Hannover, he spent his early years in Germany and Switzerland, developing an interest in art and poetry while living with a family of artists in Zürich during World War II. Roth's artistic journey was marked by collaborations and experimentation. He co-founded the magazine "Spirale" and associated with the Fluxus movement, all the while maintaining his distinct artistic identity. Notably, his artist's books challenged traditional formats, allowing readers to interact with and rearrange pages. His work often involved incorporating found materials like newspapers and magazines. Throughout his career, Roth pushed artistic boundaries by creating biodegradable artworks that evolved over time due to natural decay. His pieces, like "Insel," combined foodstuffs with various materials, showcasing his unique perspective on transformation and impermanence. He died in 1998.
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Roth worked in a variety of media including painting, sculpture, book-making, and graphic arts. His work does not fall easily into any category of contemporary art, while encompassing many of them. In the 1950s, he produced collages, fabric designs and jewellery, alongside kinetic art, text, and photographs. He participated in 'happenings.' In 1975 he founded the Zeitschrift für Alles. He was linked to the Fluxus Movement through his friend Daniel Spoerri.
German, Swiss
Artist, Designer, Assemblage Artist, Graphic Designer, Performing Artist, Artiste, Poet, Collagist, Graphic Artist, Multimedia Artist, Painter, Photographer, Sculptor
Dieter Roth, Karl-Dietrich Roth, Diter Roth, Diterrot Roth, Ditterot, Dieter Rot, Diter Rot, Diterrot Rot, Karl-Dietrich Rot, Carl Dieterich Roth, D.R. Künstler, Otto Hase, Ratz Hundefutter, Fax Hundetraum, Max Plunderbaum, Rainer-Roth, Künstler D. R., D. Roth, Dieterich Roth, Diether Roth, Karl D. Roth, Karl-Dieterich Roth, Karl Dieterich Roth, Karl Dieterich Rot, Wix Studenschaum
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  • MoMA Highlights: 375 Works from The Museum of Modern Art Flexibound, 408 pages
  • MoMA Now: Highlights from The Museum of Modern Art—Ninetieth Anniversary Edition Hardcover, 424 pages
  • Wait, Later This Will Be Nothing: Editions by Dieter Roth Exhibition catalogue, Paperback, 96 pages
  • Roth Time: A Dieter Roth Retrospective Paperback, 304 pages

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