Picasso’s pan will be a three-voice conversation between Ferran Adrià, Emmanuel Guigon and Jèssica Jaques with as a background the kitchen, cooking, food and eating in Picasso’s creative process. This idea stems from an imaginary conversation – an impossible one – with Pablo Picasso that Ferran Adrià always wished of having.
According to Jaume Sabartés, Picasso painted in the studio and wrote in the kitchen. The kitchen isn’t only a room: it offers a generative environment i.e. an extremely fertile matrix of both plastic and written iconography. It also relates to the painter’s voluntary exile, his poetical return to his Mediterranean home and his political revolt against the invasion of this home by the Franquist Forces. In picassian writings, the pan is equivalent to the palette in his paintings: both are symbols of Picasso’s identity and a preferred device for his understanding of creativity as metamorphosis i.e. a process that transforms something that already exists into something that didn’t and comes to be.
Ferran Adrià considers Pablo Picasso’s creative process as the most striking example among the actors of the history of art. He is fascinated by the painter’s extreme yet inexhaustible power of creation over his entire lifespan. The painter and the Catalan cook also share many elective affinities: both are of Mediterranean origin; they are obsessed with work; both greedily devour the creative procedures they admire in others and use them to generate something different; their passion for a memory pregnant with future; their urging need to tackle new titanic challenges; their ability to produce works that become manifestos; their poiesis of hybridization; the processual continuity between synaesthesia and reflection; the tension between revolution and tradition; the analogy between Cubism and culinary deconstruction; the synchronicity between freedom and commitment; their admiration of Japanese culture; their passing through Kassel; their love for Barcelona.
Picasso once told Brassaï about his wish that humanity should dare to know itself through an inquiry of creativity. Adrià claims that “to create again, one must first understand”. In both their pans, the ideas for the sapere aude required by contemporary condition are cooking in a frying mix where knowledge and flavour celebrate their common etymological Latin root (sapere).