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RICETTE D'ARTISTA - Between Art and Food

Opening: 23 April 2015, 18:30
Duration: 24 April - 14 June 2015
Artist: Sonja Alhäuser, Boris Becker, Joseph Beuys, Rosanna Chiessi, Tobias Hantmann, Maik und Dirk Löbbert, Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth, Felix Gonzàlez-Torres, Schirin Kretschmann, Aldo Mondino, Fabian Nehm, et. al.
Curator: Anne Schloen

The parallels between art and cooking are not far to seek: both have to do with sensuality, but also with conscious composition and aesthetics. In the atelier of the artist as well as in the kitchen, experiments are made with raw materials and recipes, with the urge to create something new. Only the right combination of ingredients leads to successful works of art. Art is more than mere decoration, and food is not only meant to fill our bellies. Both are intended to stimulate our senses, pleasure being subjective and a matter of taste.

The fine arts have always dealt with the topic of "food". The works range from the still lifes with lush fruit platters by the Old Masters and "The Last Supper" by Leonardo da Vinci, down to the "Honey Pump" by Joseph Beuys and the "Eat Art" movement. Even the act of cooking itself has been declared art, and the chef has been styled an artist. The top artist invited to documenta XII (2007) was Ferran Adrià, star of  molecular gastronomy, and his restaurant elBulli was declared part of the exhibition.

On occasion of the "Foodie Factory" that will take place in spring 2015 in Merano, the "Merano arte" exhibition "Ricette d’Artista. Between Art and Food" will present numerous cross-references between the production of art at a studio and the preparation of food in a kitchen. Beginning with Daniel Spoerri, Joseph Beuys, and Rudolf Schwarzkogler, who started using food as a material of their works in the 1970s, 15 younger art positions will be shown that deal with the processing and transformation of materials, with individual recipes and inventions, and with amuses gueule and pleasures.


Selected artists: Sonja Alhäuser (DE), Boris Becker (DE), Joseph Beuys (DE), Rosanna Chiessi (IT), Tobias Hantmann (DE), Maik und Dirk Löbbert (DE), Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth (DE), Felix Gonzàlez-Torres (USA), Schirin Kretschmann (DE), Aldo Mondino (IT), Fabian Nehm (DE), Claus Richter (DE), Martin Pfeifle (DE), Rudolf Schwarzkogler (AT), Daniel Spoerri (CH), Wolfang Stehle (DE), Thomas Sterna (DE/IT), Stefan Tschurtschenthaler (IT)

Wolfgang Stehle, Maccaron, 1998 (video frame)
Daniel Spoerri, La gouter de la famille Andreae, 1992. Courtesy Carlo Palli Collection
Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Untitled (Placebo - Landscape - for Roni), 1993. Courtesy Sammlung Hoffmann. Installation view Kunst Meran Merano Arte. Foto Andreas Marini

Foto Installation