De gustibus non disputandum

June 24 - October 17, 2010 /
Palacio de Velázquez, Parque del Retiro, Madrid and Sabatini Building, Floor 3

The heterogeneous proposals of Antoni Miralda’s (Tarrasa, 1942) productions included in this retrospective exhibition, claim knowledge and experiences of other cultures from different perspectives. His artistic production is perishable by nature and develops in spaces outside the art circuit. This artist has investigated the ephemeral art of food for more than four decades. Miralda uses a vibrant and inclusive language, extremely humorous and based on the celebration of the senses. His pieces lack a material presence, he gives them a transient nature and leads them to a collective space, bringing them closer to spectator participation. Many of his actions are documented only in photographs, videos and films.

The exhibition covers the different periods of a career that begins in the Spain of the Sixties with distinctly pacifist works. At this time soldiers invade the entirety of his work: photographs, frottages-collages, posters, furniture, the streets of Paris or the cinema, like in Paris. La cumparsita (1972).

It is in the Paris of the Sixties where the artist is first to use food as an anthropological, cultural and political reference. In 1969 he organises the first of these installations at the American Centre in Paris, to be followed by others such as Fest fur Leda (Feast for Leda), for Documenta 6, Kassel in 1977.

Miralda moves to New York in 1972, where he completes several projects that dialogue with the fusion of cultures and its popular manifestations in large celebrations. The concept of a piece as a process is one of this artist’s hallmarks, as in Honeymoon Project1986-1992 that symbolises the marriage between the Statue of Liberty in New York and the Christopher Columbus monument at the port of Barcelona, with which he explores the concepts of conquest, freedom and cultural exchanges between Europe and America.

Food is a semiotic system for Miralda, like when he produces the flags of the major powers with coloured rice, which rots and transform in such a way that the flags acquire new colours and therefore new meanings. Since 1996, his FoodCulturaMuseum has ed an open work on a global scale, with multiple initiatives - such as the large pavilion for the World Expo 2000 in Hannover - through countless devices that distort the museographical archetypes. His objective is the participation and examination of culinary cultures from around the world as well as in exploring aspects of social identity, rituals and ways of preserving and memory.

Exhibition´s details

Organized by: 
Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofía
Danielle Tilkin