Die Zeit vergeht, das Leben scheints ebenso. Time passes, so does life, it seems.
Dieter Roth not only made a significant contribution to the art history of the 20th century with his radical use of organic materials, but was also active as a writer. This charming and personal book offers an intimate view of the artist, who died in 1998. In addition to the foreword by Björn Roth, Dieter Roth’s son, it features numerous previously unpublished photos and documents from the artist’s long friendship with Beat Keusch and Erika Streit. In four episodes, the book introduces us to Dieter Roth’s most important works and favorite places: from the Schimmelmuseum in Hamburg, the Roth-Raum in Basel, to Iceland and the Basel restaurant Chez Donati – unique insights into the life and work of the great artist.
DIETER ROTH (1930–1998) made transience tangible in his art. In the 1960s, he created works from chocolate and wrote concrete poetry. Roth participated several times in the documenta in Kassel and designed the Swiss pavilion at the Venice Biennale in 1982. Born in Hannover, he lived in Austria, Iceland, the USA, and Switzerland. [publisher's note]