Rodney Graham: Betula Pendula >Fastigiata< (Sous-Chef on Smoke Break), 2011

Atelier + Kitchen
= Laboratories of the Senses

12.05.2012 –

The striking similarities between the artist’s studio and the kitchen have sadly been neglected – until now, that is, because for the first time Marta Herford is taking a concentrated look at these two spheres of work together.


Featuring about 150 exquisite works of art, this group exhibition isn’t confined to any particular era. Instead it covers plenty of ground from sixteenth-century woodcuts of cooks and artists to genre paintings and still lifes of the ‘Golden Age’ as well as important works of modern and contemporary art.

In addition, the exhibition addresses various aspects of the diverse relationship between these two workspaces: these scenes of mysterious activity, workrooms of unfettered inspiration and alchemical formulations, places of creative chaos and classificatory thought, yet also prestigious meeting places and individual retreats.

Both domestic and professional settings are included, as are artists’ tongue-in-cheek depictions of themselves as chefs, harking back to the nineteenth century when painters were sometimes dismissed as nothing more than “bad cooks”. This fascinating, informative display also compares and contrasts outstanding images of studios and kitchens.

The project was devised in conjunction with Prof Hubertus Gassner, the director of Hamburg Kunsthalle.



Chantal Akerman, Sonja Alhäuser, Jost Amman, Arman, Denise A. Aubertin, Jessica Backhaus, Benjamin Bergmann, Joseph Beuys, Irene Bisang, Norbert Bisky, Anna & Bernhard Blume, Balthasar van den Bossche, Pieter Bruegel d. Ä., Nina Canell, Jan De Cock, Josef Danhauser, Wim Delvoye, Thomas Demand, Fortunato Depero, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Marcel Duchamp, James Ensor, Andreas Fischer, Lili Fischer, Georg Flegel, Pierre Edouard Frère, Martin Galle, Rodney Graham, Asta Gröting, Reto Guntli, Jürgen Heinert / Michael Sailstorfer, Thomas Huber, Christian Jankowski, Carl Ludwig Jessen, Hermann Kauffmann d. Ä., Benjamin Katz, Mary A. Kelly, William Kentridge, Martin Kippenberger, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Jürgen Klauke, Barbara Klemm, Imi Knoebel, Frederik Kochbeck, Werner Krüger, Jean-Baptiste Lallemand, Eugène Leroy, Max Liebermann, Atelier Van Lieshout, James Lloyd, Dieter Mammel / Friederike Walter, Filippo Tommaso Marinetti und Fillìa, Pia Maria Martin, Pietro Antonio Martini, Przemysław Matecki, Paul McCarthy, Aernout Mik, Jan Miense Molenaer, Giorgio Morandi, Bruce Nauman, Abigail O’Brien, Jan Olis, William Pether, Sigmar Polke, Man Ray, Lois Renner, Thomas Rentmeister, Johannes Rochhausen, Martha Rosler, Dieter Roth, David Ryckaert, Herman Saftleven, August Sander, Otto Marseus van Schrieck, Emil Schumacher, Cindy Sherman, Stephen Shore, Andreas Slominski, Daniel Spoerri, Dominique Studer, Michael Sweerts, Norbert Tadeusz, Johann Heinrich Wilhelm Tischbein, Rosemarie Trockel, Gerrit van Vucht, Dominicus Gottfried Waerdigh, Martin Walde, Franz Erhard Walther, Andy Warhol, Matthias Weischer, Jürgen Wolf, Erwin Wurm, Thomas Wyck

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Many thanks to the Marta Herford Corporate Partners and Corporate Premium Partners as well as the Marta Fund for New Art for their ongoing support of our program.