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Claus Richter, Come here, 2010
Hantmann Tobias, Set 33, 2009. Courtesy Galerie Bernd Kugler
Stefan Tschurtschenthaler, Lobster, 2015 (still frame)
Aldo Mondino, Gravere, 1969-2001. Photo Lorenzo Franzi
Schirin Kretschmann, Kasimir, 2009. Photo Schirin Kretschmann © VG Bild-Kunst Bonn

RICETTE D'ARTISTA - Between Art and Food

Wolfgang Stehle, Maccaron, 1998 (video frame)

RICETTE D'ARTISTA - Between Art and Food

Opening reception: Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6.30 p.m.
with a performance by the artist Sonia AlhÀuser

Exhibition period: April 24 - June 14, 2015


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 AdriĂ , 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 AlhĂ€user (DE), Boris Becker (DE), Joseph Beuys (DE), Rosanna Chiessi (IT), Tobias Hantmann (DE), Maik und Dirk Löbbert (DE), Heike Mutter + Ulrich Genth (DE), Felix GonzĂ lez-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).