After opening a restaurant in Dusseldorf, Daniel Spoerri established the Eat Art Gallery in 1970, which occupied the next floor of the same building in Burgplatz. It was not only the physical proximity of the two institutions that connected them – it was also a belief in the affinity of art and eating.
The Swiss artist is best known for his assemblages called “snare-pictures”, which he makes from the remains of meals. He uses everyday objects, useless leftovers which find their way into an art gallery rather than a dustbin.
By doing so, Spoerri radicalizes a tendency that has been present in modern art and has its origins in antiquity. The functioning of the Eat Art Gallery inspired a number of artists to use food in their practice; the results of their work were presented at the turn of 2009 and 2010 at an exhibition in Stuttgart.
What is interesting, the finnisage of the Eat Art exhibition took place in a restaurant. The world of art let a cook have the last word. This meal focuses some of the questions posed throughout the course of the career of the author of Mythology and Meatballs. These questions concern the relationship between everyday life and art, judging culinary art by aesthetic criteria, in a word – the possibility of switching places of the stage and the backstage.