Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity
Exhibition at Marres, Maastricht
10 March – 3 July 2016
The famous chef Ferran Adrià of restaurant elBulli in Roses ignited a revolution in the culinary world. Many people know of his practice that defied conventions of taste: his dishes featured unlikely combinations of ingredients, mixed a wide range of styles, and introduced radical cooking techniques. Only a few realize that he prepared his innovations in the visual domain, in sketches, drawings, diagrams, and symbols, and in designs for dishware, tumblers and cooking utensils. The exhibition at Marres, its only venue in Europe, is devoted to this creative seedbed of modern cooking.
The exhibition is part of the Marres program devoted to the senses. This program examines the visual arts, but also sensory reflexes, mental conditions and body knowledge. Notes on Creativity focuses on Adrià’s consistent and radical approach to the sense of taste. It shows the important relation in his practice between sensory perception and the creative process.
Originally curated by Brett Littman for The Drawing Center (New York), Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity has been specially adapted and expanded by Valentijn Byvanck and Ferran Adrià for the presentation at Marres.
Dom Pérignon is the presenting partner of the exhibition. Additional support was provided by the Province of Limburg, the Institut Ramon Llull, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), VSBfonds, Bank Giro Loterij Fonds and Lavazza.
Read articles about Ferran Adrià: Notes on Creativity in NRC Handelsblad (Dutch) and de Volkskrant (Dutch), watch the AVROTROS Kunstuur special (Dutch), and listen to the radio show Nooit meer slapen (Dutch).