The Swiss artist Dieter Roth began experimenting with foodstuffs in the 1960s. For his art he used materials such as cold cuts, chocolate, or spices like aniseed. Simultaneously his compatriot Daniel Spoerri designed what he referred to as »Tableau-piège« or »snare pictures«. In these assemblages he would fix or capture the remains of meals onto a support - a board or table top - and hang the whole piece on the wall like a painting. It was also Spoerri who coined the term »Eat Art«: an »edible art« that positioned itself at the interface between art and life.
Taking the collection focus of Dieter Roth's work in the Kunstmuseum Stuttgart and the activities of the restaurant and Eat Art Gallery opened up by Daniel Spoerri in 1968 and 1970, the exhibition »Eat Art« documents the use of foodstuffs in art from the 1970s up to the present by showing objects, installations, and films. Besides Roth and Spoerri, artists such as Joseph Beuys, Roy Lichtenstein, Gordon Matta-Clark, and Arpad Dobriban were engaged in exploring the existential and sensual aspects of eating and preparing food. But we also find numerous younger artists equally fascinated by the subject, among them Sonja Alhäuser, Anya Gallaccio, Elke Krystufek, and Shimabuku. In their works they reflect on food intake as a means of creating identity as well as food production, its processing, and consumption in a globalized society. A comprehensive program on the subject of eating and art will accompany the exhibition.
Eating the Universe. Food in Art
Edited by Kunsthalle Düsseldorf, Galerie im Taxispalais Innsbruck, Kunstmuseum Stuttgart
Texts by Ulrike Groos, Magdalena Holzhey, Renate Buschmann, Beate Ermacora, Elke Krasny, Nikolai Wojtko, Christiane Boje
DuMont, German / English, 2009, 312 pages, 191 ills., 20 x 26 cm, Hardcover
Museum price: 29 €
Regular: 39.95 €
(c)Daniel Spoerri, Tableau piège, 1972, Stiftung museum kunst palast, Dusseldorf, permanent loan Carlo Schröter, © VG Bild-Kunst, Bonn 2010
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