Analysis out of the box

From art to food, from food to art

Analysis out of the boxContemporary Art | Iconography around food is a fertile theme in history, evidencing the primordial character of eating in societal evolution. Today, the borders between visual and culinary art have shrunk, without disappearing completely : visual arts explore the question of food consumption and the ritual of the meal while high gastronomy tends to elevate its creations to the realm of fine art and its chefs to the status of veritable artists.

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Déjeuner au Studio Olafur Eliasson
© Maria del Pilar García Ayensa © Studio Olafur Eliasson

Food, a sign of the times

Since antiquity, representations of food have consistently captured daily life through the symbolism of the meal, the mystical still life and naturalist descriptions… On the border between the sacred and the profane, the ritual of the meal has marked the imagination and characterized societies, from animists to the modern day : only a few hundred years separate Leonardo da Vinci’s Last Supper (1494) and Manet’s Luncheon on the Grass (1863). In the West, the various approaches to the still life reflect so many historical and philosophical differences : life permeates the anthropomorphic portraits of Arcimboldo, the naturalist rupture of Rembrant’s Cow Carcass, and Cezanne’s delicate studies of […]

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Déjeuner au Studio Olafur Eliasson © Maria del Pilar García Ayensa © Studio Olafur Eliasson Claes Oldenburg, Floor Burger, 1962 © DR Roy Lichtenstein, Sandwich and Soda, 1964 © DR Andy Warhol, Campbell’s Soup Cans, 1962 © Andy Warhol Foundation / ARS, NY / TM Licensed by Campbell’s Soup Co. All rights reserved Andy Warhol, The Last Supper, 1986 © Andy Warhol Foundation United Brothers, Does this soup taste ambivalent, 2014 © Photo courtesy of Green Tea Gallery Joseph Beuys, Fat Chair, 1964-1985 © DACS 2015 Daniel Spoerri, Restaurant de la City Galerie, Zurich 1965 © DR Vue partielle de l’exposition ’From red to red’, Le BOX, fonds M-ARCO, Marseille, 2015 © Photo Denis Prisset Michel Blazy / Exposition Post Patman au Palais de Tokyo / Courtesy Palais de Tokyo © Marc Domage David Altmejd, Figure with Cantaloupe Shoulders, 2013 © David Altmejd Courtesy Galerie Xavier Hufkens Laurent Grasso, Nomiya, 2009-2011 © Courtesy Galerie Perrotin Le cuisinier catalan Ferran Adria devant l’affiche de la Documenta d’art de Kassel (Allemagne) © AFP LLUIS GENE Une toile de Velazquez transformée en dessert au Shangri-La Hôtel à Paris © DR Arman, Accumulation de casseroles, 1999 © ADAGP, Paris 2014/photo Caroline Faiola. Collection Faiola, Paris Gilles Barbier, Le Festin, 2013 © Collection privée/Galerie Vallois, Paris Michel Blazy, Lasagne al forno, 2012 © ADAGP, Paris 2014/Photo Fabrice Gousset/Courtesy l’artiste et Art:Concept, Paris Serge Clément et Marina Kamena, Lichtenstein, 2013 © 2014 S.Clément & M. Kamena/Courtesy Marianne et Pierre Nahon. Galerie Beaubourg, Paris Erró, Foodscape, 1964 © ADAGP, Paris 2014/Palazzo Grassi/photo ORCH orsenigo_chemollo/Pinault Collection Subodh Gupta, Spooning, 2009 © S.Gupta/Photo Mike Bruce/Pinault Collection/Courtesy l’artiste et Hauser & Wirth Martin Bruneau, Repas, fond blanc, 2010 © 2014 M. Bruneau/Courtesy Galerie Isabelle Gounod, Paris Andres Serrano, Black Supper, 1991 © A. Serrano/(Vue d’exposition, Passage du temps, Lille, 16 octobre 2007 au 1 janvier 2008, photo M. Dufour) / Pinault Collection Léonard de Vinci, La Cène, 1494-1498 © DR Édouard Manet - Le Déjeuner sur l’herbe, 1863 © DR Giuseppe Arcimboldo, L’Été, 1573 © DR Rembrandt, Le boeuf écorché, 1655 © DR Paul Cézanne, Nature morte aux pommes et aux oranges (1895-1900) © DR

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