Antoni Miralda




A new image will be added to this work every day for the run of the exhibition.


Antoni Miralda
Food Situation for a Patriotic Banquet
(0.1- 0.2 & 0.3). Preparatory drawings for the original proposal for the MoMA, 1973

The "conceptual idea" for Another Idea is to present a different photo every day (June + July = 61 days) to feel the space-time and the decomposition of the flags rices. The 61 images are from the exhibition Arts & Food at La Triennale de Milano, 2015 curated by Germano Celant.

"Food Situation for a Patriotic Banquet" was originally proposed at Kassel's Documenta 5 (1972) and at MoMA (1973), but it never came to fruition. In 2010 it was presented at the Museo Reina Sofia in Madrid and later at La Triennale de Milano (2015) and MACBA, Barcelona (2016).

The installation consisted of a table laid out with eight trays of cooked, colored rice that reproduce the flags of the power countries in the 1970's accompanied by their respective national anthems in the form of a menu. The rice slowly decomposed during the periods of  exhibition.

Photo credits: Marius Brossa and Archive Miralda FoodCultura.


About the artist:

Antoni Miralda (Barcelona 1942). His work is al­ways rooted in its social context, and conducts a particular exploration its logic through the ubiquitous role of food, activating through his practice a wide cultural exchange, participation and dialogue. In 1962 he settled in Paris and 1971 he moved to New York, and since then he has lived and worked in the United States and Europe creating public art and installations. In 1979 he was a fellow of the Center for advanced Visual Studies at M.I.T.

Miralda holds an extensive curricula of exhibitions and interventions in museums, art centers biennales and public space; from Documenta 6 in Kassel, to New York's Museo del Barrio, the Magiciens de la Terre in Paris, the Breadline and Texas TV Dinner at the Contemporary Arts Museum in Houston and the Wheat & Steak agricultural parade in Kansas City with the Gold Taste video projection on a giant bread screen.

From 1984 to 1986, Miralda, with chef Montse Guillen, created in New York the acclaimed El Internacional Tapas Bar & Restaurant. Amongst his most well known projects, stands out his participation in the Venice Biennale in 1990 with the Honeymoon Project. The project developed through different continents during six years which consisted of the sym­bolic marriage between the Columbus Monument in Barcelona and the Statue of Liberty in New York, between the old and new world, the symbol of conquest and the symbol of freedom.

In the 1997 Istanbul Biennale he presented Tastes & Tongues, a work in progress exploring the urban culinary landscape, the traditions and vocabulary around food culture. This work was developed at the Food Pavilion Miralda made for Expo 2000 in Hanover as a departure of his Food Culture Museum project.

In 2010, under the title De gustibus non disputandum, a restrospective of his oeuvre opened in the Museum Reina Sofia in Madrid and in 2016 a solo show in the Macba, in Barcelona, under the title Miralda Madeinusa.

In 2018 he received the Velázquez prize.