From January 13 to February 19 2022, the Galerie La Forest Divonne joins forces with Swenden Studio in Paris and Brussels to create a unique sensory experience, through the meeting of art and taste! For this collaboration the Galerie La Forest Divonne Gallery and Swenden Studios associate their respective fields of expertise, the visual arts for one and gastronomy for the other, around a new concept bringing together six international artists and six great star chefs.
This project will be divided into two parts, in the two galleries and in these six exceptional restaurants.
On the one hand, the chefs will invite the artists to set up a part of their restaurant, and will be inspired by the work of the artist associated with them to create a unique culinary experience which will be declined in meals in the restaurant. The public will be able to reserve seats to live this cullinary
and artistic experience at the artists’ table.
On the other hand, throughout the project, the two galleries will each exhibit the three artists associated with the project in their city in a collective exhibition allowing the public to immerse themselves in the works that have so inspired the chefs.
In addition, some of the chefs will offer the public a taste of the flagship flavors designed for their restaurants in the form of a spice, a tea or a bite to eat.
Christophe Hardiquest, chef of the restaurant Bon Bon**, and Rachel Labastie, French visual artist.
Christophe Hardiquest’s (1975) cuisine, which revisits the great classics of Belgian gastronomy, has been awarded two Michelin stars and five toques by Gault & Millaut. The chef has been a belgian ambassador of the prestigious «World’s 50 Best Restaurant 2021» ranking. He is a member of the Association of Master Chefs of Belgium and of the Great Tables of the World. Rachel Labastie (1978), whose practice ranges from sculpture to performance art, is honored this winter with two solo exhibitions in prestigious institutions: The Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium (October 15, 2021 – February 13, 2022) and L’Abbaye de Maubuisson, France (October 3, 2021 – February 27, 2022). Her works are part of French public collections (FRAC Aquitaine and FRAC Haut de France, among others) and prestigious private collections in Belgium, Switzerland and France.
Karen Torosyan, chef of the Bozar* restaurant and Jeff Kowatch, Californian painter.
Armenian by birth, Karen Torosyan (1980) arrived in Belgium at the age of 18, and has put his goldsmith’s training at the service of a high-flying cuisine that earned him the title of World Pie Champion in 2015, along with a prestigious Michelin star, for his restaurant Bozar, installed in the Victor Horta building well known to lovers of the arts, both plastic and musical. Jeff Kowatch (1965), born in Los Angeles in 1965, moved to Brussels twenty years ago after several years in New York where he was revealed to the public by the prestigious Earl McGrath Gallery. Jeff Kowatch has reappropriated the glazing techniques of the Flemish masters, which he puts at the service of a great American abstraction. His monumental canvas Christ Leaving Brussels is prominently displayed at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts, echoing James Ensor’s Christ Entering Brussels on display at the Getty in Los Angeles: one more link between America and Europe.
Nicolas Decloedt, chef of the restaurant Humus & Hortense* and Tinka Pittoors, visual artist from Antwerp.
Nicolas Decloedt (1977) and Caroline Baerten invent a magnificent vegetable cuisine in their restaurant that earned them the title of Best Vegetable Chef by Gault & Millau and Best Vegan Restaurant in the World by «We’re Smart Taste» in 2019, while the Michelin guide awarded them its green star. Tinka Pittoors (1977) creates baroque and colorful sculptures that have already been exhibited at the MUKHA (Antwerp), the SMAK (Ghent), the Museem An Zee (The Hague), the BAM (Mons) and the Palais d’Iéna (Paris), among others. The Domaine de Seneffe devotes an ambitious solo exhibition to her until November 14, 2021.
Alain Passard, chef of the Arpège*** restaurant, and Jean-Bernard Métais, French sculptor.
Alain Passard (1956), awarded three Michelin stars since 1996, is world-renowned for having brought vegetables to the pinnacle of gastronomy, introducing a 100% vegetable menu to his menu in 2001. His audacity, intuition and creativity have inspired generations of chefs around the world. Jean-Bernard Métais (1954) is famous for his monumental sculptures installed in the public space of major cities in China, the United States, France, Belgium, Norway, Luxembourg and the United Kingdom. Wherever he works, he immerses himself in the spirit of the place to express its underlying forces and emotions.
Bruno Verjus, chef of the restaurant Table* and Guy de Malherbe, French painter.
Bruno Verjus (1959), one-star chef of the restaurant Table, is a self-taught and charismatic chef, creator of a personal and flamboyant cuisine d’auteur, who will be inspired by the paintings of the French painter Guy de Malherbe. The works of Guy de Malherbe (1958) have been exhibited in the United States, France, the United
Kingdom, Japan and Belgium, and feature prominently in French public collections and many European private collections. One of the main threads of his work is the dialogue between the organic and the mineral, particularly embodied in his recent works, where artichokes, oysters and chops take on the appearance of silhouettes or mountains.
Adeline Grattard, chef of the Yam’Tcha* restaurant, and Valérie Novello, French artist.
Adeline Grattard (1978), is the one-star chef of Yam’tcha, whose cuisine was propelled onto the international stage by the documentary Netflix devoted to her in the series Chef’s Table in 2016. Accompanied by her husband Chi Wah Chan, a tea sommelier, she draws her inspiration from the cuisine of Hong Kong, where she practiced before opening her own restaurant. Valérie Novello (1971), a Franco-Italian artist who has exhibited in France, Belgium, Italy and Taiwan, whose work ranges from sculpture to drawing in search of the unknown, to be discovered through art. A practice that leads her to define herself as an «artist-archaeologist».