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  |  23. January 2015

ART & FOOD SPECIAL

Art in Restaurants

The combination of art and food is certainly nothing new. Many restaurants and cafés have already served as meeting points for the creative exchange between artists in the past. These artists have often paid their bills in the restaurants with one of their works. In the course of time, some hosts were able to acquire a considerable art collection.

Even today, selected restaurateurs are still offering culinary delicacies alongside artistic creations. There are many people that give relatively unknown artists the opportunity to showcase their works on the premises of their restaurants. However, there are a number of restaurateurs who take the fruitful combination of art and food a little further. Restaurants like Sushi Samba, for instance, allow Street Art artists to design their whole interior. The operators provide a combination of Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian cuisine in their localities extending from New York through Miami to London. In this creative atmosphere, the guests can also enjoy the Street Art works within the restaurant.

Another example is the restaurant Tramshed, which opened in the UK in 2012. A work by artist Damien Hirst, which was specifically commissioned for the premises, is located at the center of the restaurant and attracts all the attention: a cow immersed in formaldehyde, with a chicken on its back. The installation of the English concept artist Damien Hirst, who became known because of his provoking plastics concerning life and death, also summarizes the menu of Tramshed. The restaurant is particularly known for its grilled chickens and steaks specialties’.

In Germany, more and more people are working at the interface between art and gastronomy. The Zagreus Project in Berlin organizes several exhibitions every year. These exhibitions are dealing with the central issue “food”. In a cycle of two months, Ulrich Krauss - gallery owner and at the same time cook – invites various artists to his studio in Berlin. In collaboration with these artists he develops different possibilities of food preparation, presentation and interior design. While visiting the Zagreus Project, the viewers will experience a specially designed procedure, during which they can enjoy an extraordinary artistic installation as well as delicious dishes.

In fact, the presentation of artworks in restaurants seems to be predetermined. People meet here with family and friends. They enjoy culinary delicacies, immerse in lengthy conversation and spend several hours together. In contrast to galleries and museums, in which most visitors observe an artwork for a few minutes at most, people can appreciate art in a relaxed atmosphere and at leisure while enjoying their meal. These restaurants represent a pleasant change compared with most art exhibitions in which eating and drinking is still strictly prohibited.

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