• Rodney Graham, Betula Pendula “Fastigiata” (Sous-Chef on Smoke Break), 2011, color transparency with light box, 95 1/2 x 71 1/2 x 7".

    “Studio + Kitchen = Laboratories of the Senses”

    Marta Herford
    Goebenstrasse 2-10
    May 12–September 16, 2012

    Curated by Hubertus Gaßner

    In pursuit of new sensorial experiences, artists and chefs often require specially designed workspaces—ones that, as far back as history tracks, have never not been at the very center of our civilization. This summer, guest curator Hubertus Gaßner (director of the Hamburger Kunsthalle) explores the institutional genealogy of these two sites, surveying the changing nature of atelier and kitchen alongside the correlating transformations of the items they produce. Seemingly distinct, the histories of food and art intersect in many fascinating ways, including the alchemist’s laboratory, which Gaßner takes as muse here, offering an enchanting mixture of creators—ranging from sixteenth-century artisans to contemporary figures such as Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, and Rirkrit Tiravanija—who have introduced oral and olfactory registers into their art.