Ferran Adrià – Jèssica Jaques – Emmanuel Guigon

Picasso’s pan

Friday April 28 – Round table discussion @ COAC

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).

Ferran Adrià

President, elBulliFoundation, Fundació Privada, Girona

Ferran Adrià was chef and co-owner of the restaurant el Bulli, the centre of culinary and gastronomic innovation.  Currently he is the president of el Bulli Foundation, a foundation dedicated to research in the intersection between creativity, innovation and gastronomy.   

The culinary creative process of Ferran Adrià has hybridized with various fields, among which is that of art.  In this respect, the most dominating figure has been that of Richard Hamilton, personal friend of Adrià and spur of his reflexive evolution.  Furthermore, two artistic events are worth highlighting in the dialogue of Adrià with art: elBulli was the pavilion G of the Documenta XII of Kassel (2007) and the exhibition of his drawings Notes on Creativity at the Drawing Center of New York and subsequently in ARCO (2014).

Jèssica Jaques

Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Philosophy Department, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona

Jèssica Jaques Pi is Associate Professor of Aesthetics and Art Theory at the Philosophy Department of Philosophy of the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona. She has been a visiting professor of the MIT, of the Universities of Rouen, Toulouse, Warsow, NYU-Berlin, of the École Pratique des Hautes Études and of the CNRS. Her published works about Picasso are: Picasso en Gósol, 1906: Un verano  para la modernidad; “Las Meninas de Picasso, 1957: cal·igrafies de la indisciplina”; “Repenser Picasso. Le désir attrapé par la queue et les iconographies culinaires de l’absurde et la stupeur”. She teaches a course entitled Philosophy with Picasso (Bachelor’s Degree of Philosophy, UAB) and she is the main researcher (IP) of the I+D+i project: Los escritos de Picasso: textos teatrales.

Emmanuel Guigon

Director, Museu Picasso, Barcelona

Emmanuel Guigon, was born in 1959, and has French and Swiss nationalities.  He is doctor in history of contemporary art from the University of the Sorbonne (France) and he is specialist in historic avant-garde and post war European art. He has been managing director in charge of the museums of the French city of Besançon. He has been chief conservator of the Strasbourg Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art (France), as well as the Valencia Institute of Modern Art (IVAM). He is currently director of the Museu Picasso, Barcelona. He is author of numerous publications about modern and contemporary painting, as well as a history of collage in Spain and various studies sculpture and the art of assemblage, and he has been curator of multiple exhibitions.

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